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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.

Sue Purviance was born in Santa Monica, California. She began college as a
Spanish major at the University of California, Santa Barbara, but quickly changed to Philosophy, completing her professional career as a Professor of Philosophy in Toledo, Ohio. Purviance has her studio in the Sternberger Artist Center in Greensboro, North Carolina, and exhibits as a Member Artist at the Yadkin Arts Center in Yadkinville, North Carolina. She continues her studies at the Art Alliance of Greensboro with painter Jack Stratton.

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.


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