Susan Purviance

Artists Statement:

Sue Purviance was born in Santa Monica, California and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Purviance has her studio in the Sternberger Artist Center in Greensboro and exhibits as a Member Artist at the Yadkin Arts Center in Yadkinville, North Carolina. Formerly a Professor of Philosophy, she continues her studies at the Art Alliance of Greensboro with painter Jack Stratton.

Purviance’s technique demands dry and firm oil pastels that lend themselves to stippling and striations. She prefers mid-tone papers, which she marks with hacks and jabs, slides and scuffs. Pastel pencils are sometimes used for fine details. A self-proclaimed hypo-realist, Purviance has been painting in the oil pastel medium for ten years. (She began much earlier in pen and ink, but passing around her cartoons in grade school earned her a seat in the Principal’s office.) Landscapes and cityscapes define her compositions, but thought-scapes and philosophical moods animate them, giving her work an Expressionist edge.

She favors the light and dirt of California Central Coast and Sonoran Desert landscapes, stone outcrops and dry creek beds, but also the filtered canopy light of creeks and runs in the Appalachian Mountains.



Contact information for Susan Purviance :
  • Site Address: Sternberger Artists Center – 712 Summit Ave 
  • Media: Oil pastel, belts
  • Phone: 567-395-3317
  • Email:

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Artstock 2021 - 23nd Annual - Look for the red balloons!

Studio Tour Dates:

Saturday, October 9, 10am - 5pm
Sunday, October 10, 1pm - 5pm

Preview Exhibition

September 13 - September 24
Gallery 1401 – Senior Resources of Guilford County Building – 1401 Benjamin Parkway

Opening Reception

Friday, September 10, 6-8pm
Gallery 1401 – Senior Resources of Guilford County Building – 1401 Benjamin Parkway

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