Regardless of the subject, my work reveals a tug of war between realistic and abstract elements. This conflict usually results in the background breaking up or challenging the foreground.
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. 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