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Artist Profile

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Published by: John A. Viramontes on Jun 19, 2012
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“explorer,“scholar,and“free spirit”are words that readily come tomind after a conversation with Wellesley resident Roy Perkinson,a landscape painter, water-colorist,and man of many talents.Perkinson’s creative path is one that has taken a number of unusual twists and turns.In fact, you could say his background and study of both physics and philosophy at MIT,art history atBoston University, and studio art at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, hasgiven him a special understanding and appreciation of the subjects he now portrays in his art.According to Perkinson, art and science intersect in a very fundamental way in that allhuman beings try to make sense of the world in which they live.An artist’s task,as he sees it,isto observe,reflect and then attempt to express those reflections.Perkinson,who is well versedin several languages and in the humanities as well, says his goal as an artist is to capture theessence of his subject matter and then communicate that essence to his audience no matter
Roy Perkinson painting 
Highway at Dusk, Texas
(oil on panel, 16 x 12")
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 Artistic Vision, Unlimited Possibilities
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which medium he chooses to work in at any given time. These days,his media of choice include pastel,watercolor,and oils.His travels, in conjunction with his renderings, have taken him tosuch far away places as France, Italy, and Great Britain. Domestically,Great Spruce Head Island in Maine’s Penobscot Bay and Framingham,Massachusetts are two of his favorite locales in which to work.His paintings can be found in private collections from California toEurope and at the Museum of FineArts in Boston where he was a visit-ing artist in 1986,and a member of the school’s adjunct faculty in 1998.He has won numerous awards and prizes for his creations during thepast two decades. And he has had exhibitions of his work at BabsonCollege; the Cambridge Art Association; Grossman Gallery at theSchool of the MFA; Turtle Gallery on Deer Isle Maine; Zullo Gallery inMedfield, Massachusetts; Wellesley College; and the Wellesley Society of Artists,among others.Describing the sky as an entity with “various moods and atmos-pherics,” Roy explains it is one of his favorite subjects to portray.Although a painting may not come together as readily as he wouldlike during his creative process, that fact does not prevent him fromattempting to capture those very qualities that make his subject matterso intriguing to him initially,he says.Perkinson creates much of his work on location.But he also spendsa great deal of time in his 300 square foot Framingham studio eitherreworking a painting in a different medium or developing a new work
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“various moods and atmospherics”
 Landscape Near Sherman, Texas
(pastel, 27 x 20")
Souvenir of Tuscany 
(watercolor, 16 x 12")

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