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: email@example.com