Artist Statement

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The texture and contrast of color in the paintings is achieved through the rapid application and detraction of oil with knives – a technique I developed in my endeavor to add immediacy and freshness to the work. Getting into the paint and manipulating it is something I am compelled to do, which enables me to inject emotion and empathy for the subject. My work evokes that which is universal, yet personal.  I continue to explore other media to enhance the surface, such as torn canvas, paper and encaustic wax.

Although my work is transforming, the need to portray the human condition remains constant, and my desire to pull emotion from the viewer is vital.

Joyce Werwie Perry