Perrin Sparks

July 22 to August 29, 2015

About Perrin

For the past twenty-five years, Perri prepared surgical illustrations for a variety of medical schools and publishers in the US. Armed with a Bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University, and a Master’s degree in Art as Applied to Medicine from the Johns Hopkins University Medical School, Perri worked at Stanford (Palo Alto, CA) and Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, TX) before taking on the job as Director of the Art Department at UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, and serving on the faculty in the Graduate School Program in Biomedical Communication. In 2005, she and her husband moved to their new lakeside home and studio on Quadra Island, in British Columbia, where they opened the Quadra Atelier and Art Retreat in 2006. In the tradition of the classic European ‘atelier,’ artists work alongside Perri in a one-on-one mentorship program.

Following a career of preparing small, precise, illustrations for limited color publication, she enjoys producing full-sized figurative paintings in both oil and pastel. with a focus on drawing from life. Lately she has enjoyed capturing smaller, on-site landscapes and the recent uncrating of her etching press has her updating her techniques to include the less toxic methods and materials. Recently she has been engraving on Plexiglas plates and achieving tone by experimenting with sandblasting the plate.

Perri’s art has appeared in The Artist’s Magazine, The Pastel Journal, The Best of Portraiture, and International Artist, and was recently commissioned by Prismacolor to create a portrait for marketing and packaging a portrait set of soft pastels. Her two video’s “Steps to a Likeness-Pastel’ and “Steps to a Likeness-Oil” were featured in the North Light Book Club. They are available through and excerpts can be viewed on YouTube. During the past 15 years Perri’s work has been featured in numerous one-woman shows as well as many group shows in a variety of Texas, California and British Columbia galleries and art centres. She has led workshops nationally and in several locations in Italy. Her art is held in collections in the US, Canada, England, Spain, Italy, Germany, The Netherlands, Denmark, Australia, Brazil and Austria.

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