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Many people have had the pleasant experience of seeing something -- whether as dramatic as a panoramic sunset or as mundane as a shaft of sunlight falling across a flower on a table -- that is somehow like an unexpected gift and a moment of heightened awareness. For me, there is an instant of recognition that what I am seeing could become a painting. It's as if I suddenly found a pearl lying on a beach. I've always felt that my job as an artist is to try to capture such moments and to convey as much as possible of the essence of why they seem so special and pleasurable.

Much of my work is created on location, but occasionally I revisit certain ideas in the studio, where I may develop a new painting, sometimes in a medium different from the first. I love working in oil, with its great range of textural and coloristic possibilities. I also like to work in pastel because of its convenience when working on location, and I relish the challenge of working in watercolor. As John Singer Sargent once said, "Watercolor is making the best of an emergency."

I grew up in Texas so it is not surprising that many of my pictures try to convey a sense of open spaces -- even when working in Massachusetts, where I have lived for many years, or in France, Italy or Great Britain --  and often include attention to the sky, with its various moods and atmospherics.

I hope you enjoy looking at these pictures as much as I enjoy having created them, and I would love to hear your comments.

Roy Perkinson

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