Joy Perrin's Artist Statement 2015
“It’s my intention to share the freshness and immediacy of the plein air watercolor experience with the viewer, and to share the inspiration I glean, from subjects offered by the Great Omnipresent Artist.”
In TRANSPARENT watercolor, the combination of surrender and control is a fine balancing act, with the ever-changing light, the wet-to-dry continuum, and the varying properties of the paints, themselves. It is invigorating to internalize the actual physics of the process and to expand in the freedom of painting more intuitively. I’m mostly self-taught, but paying attention, studying DVDs made by modern watercolor masters, as well as works of legendary watercolorists. I’ve painted since I was a teen, but never privileged to be formally trained.
For me, it’s about being inspired by the subject, and about impressions one can create of light and rhythm, color, composition and value, and the delicious feeling of successfully capturing a fleeting moment. It’s another whole psychological discipline to achieve this ‘en plein aire’, or ‘out in the open air’, with changing light, wind, heat, cold, dust, sand, etc., and watercolor is an unforgiving medium! Ah, but how bright and fresh and satisfying, (light bouncing off white paper and back up, through translucent pigment!)with glowing transparency achievable in no other medium!
After many years of having my art on the back burner, pursuing a living as a professional musician, I’m delighted to have relocated, in 2003, from NYC, to northern California, and I paint almost every day, weather permitting, even while working as a ‘Music Specialist for Seniors’. Of course, with the extensive traveling this entails, I’m always on the lookout for the next painting!
Out there in the great open Western spaces, I awake to the Realization that I am a part of Nature. John Muir summed up the way I feel about this experience of unity, belonging, and expanding consciousness, when he said, “We are now in the mountains and they are in us, kindling enthusiasm, making every nerve quiver, filling every pore and cell of us.”
It is a Divine experience and I hope the work inspires some of the same feelings in you, the viewer.