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Perrin Sparks

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The Settee The Settee

Oil on canvas

Aftermath Aftermath

Oil on canvas

The Lady Who's Known as Lou The Lady Who's Known as Lou

Oil on canvas

A Body of Work A Body of Work

Pastel on paper
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A Black Tie Affair A Black Tie Affair

Oil on canvas

A Paige in My Book A Paige in My Book

Pastel on paper

The Winds of Change The Winds of Change

Pastel on paper

Courtney Courtney

Pastel on paper

Brandi in the North Light Brandi in North Light

Pastel on paper

Armaiti in Blue Armaiti in Blue

Pastel on paper

Study of John Study of John

Pastel on paper

Delilah Delilah

Pastel on paper

All That Jazz All That Jazz

Oil on board

Ashley Ashley

Oil on canvas

Ukrainian Nights Ukrainian Nights

Oil on board

Soul Symphony Soul Symphony

Oil on board

Linguistics, She Told Me "Linguistics" She Told Me

Pastel on paper
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Letting Her Hair Down Letting Her Hair Down

Pastel on paper

Refuge Refuge

Oil on board

Julie's Red Shoes Julie's Red Shoes

Pastel on paper

Drummer The Drummer

Oil on canvas

Fringe Benefits Fringe Benefits

Oil on board

Physical Therapy Physical Therapy

Oil on board

Still With Me Still With Me

Oil on canvas

Dock of the Bay Dock of the Bay

Pastel on paper

Before He Gets Here Before He Gets Here

Pastel on paper
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Passing for Marilyn Passing for Marilyn

Pastel on paper

Repose Developed Repose

Pastel on paper

Guadalupe Green Guadalupe Green

Oil on canvas

Proud to be Here Proud to be Here

Pastel on paper

Tabitha Tabitha

Pastel on paper

The Liquid Manneqiun The liguid Mannequin

Pastel on paper

Deep Purple Study #1 Deep Purple Study #1

Pastel on paper

Deep Purple Study #2 Deep Purple Study #2

Pastel on paper

Man About Town Man About Town

Pastel on paper

Kat Naps Kat Naps

Pastel on paper

Gone Tomorrow Gone Tomorrow

Oil on canvas

After the Bath After the Bath

Pastel on paper

What Would You Do What Would You Do?

Pastel on paper

I Wonder I Wonder

Oil on board
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Elizabeth Elizabeth

Pastel on paper
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High Hopes High Hopes

Pastel on paper
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Vertigo Vertigo

Pastel on paper
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About Perrin Sparks ~

Perrin Sparks

Armed with a Master's degree in Medical Illustration from the Johns Hopkins University Medical School, Perrin worked for 25 years at a variety of academic medical institutions (Stanford Medical School, Baylor College of Medicine, UT Southwestern) producing surgical illustrations for publication, medical animations and classroom teaching. While she still holds a part-time position as Assistant Professor teaching surgical art in the Biomedical Illustration Graduate Program at UT, her focus is primarily producing fine art for commission and gallery sales. She hosts a weekly nude figure painting session and schedules 5 or 6 workshops each year in Italy, California and the Texas Hill Country. In Dallas, she teaches several one week workshops at the Creative Art Center.

After years of precisely portraying surgical anatomy for limited color production, she enjoys full-sized figurative paintings with a focus on searching for a subject's elusive qualities during the exchanges that occur from working with a live model Her pastels are particularly colorful and expressive and lately she has enjoyed capturing smaller, on-site landscapes in this looser manner. "I guess after years of 'red for the arteries, and blue for the veins' I needed to break out and tell my own story!"

Recent Publications:
  • 'Steps to a likeness' (90 minute instructional video), 2002, Love of Art Productions, Bestfilms, Plano, TX
  • Portraits, Special Issue, featured in a 6 page article, 2002, American Artist Magazine, NY, NY.
  • Featured in the Gallery (Muriel McLachie Fine Art Award, AMI Salon) Journal of Biocommunications, 27(3), 2000
  • Featured in a 6 page article titled "lights, Poses, Portraits" in the 1999 March issue of American Artist Magazine, NY, NY.
  • Featured along with six other artists from the USA in International Artists Magazine, April/May 1999 Master Artist's Showcase
  • Included in North light Books "The Best of Portraiture," 1998 publication, NY, NY
Recent Awards, Honors and Exhibitions:
  • Best of Show, 2002 Texas and Neighbors Exhibition, Irving Arts Center, Irving, TX
  • 'Pastels Only' 2001 Open National Exhibition, Pastel Society of America, NY, NY
  • "On My Own Time" (2001 Best of Show: UT Southwestern), Dallas Business Committee for the Arts, NorthPark Center, Dallas, TX
  • Grumbacher Gold Medal, 2001 Juried Show, Richardson Civic Art Society, Richardson, TX
  • Finalist, Portrait Category, Annual 2001 Art Competition, The Artist's Magazine
  • Portrait Award, Board of Director's Award, 2001 National Open Show, Pastel Society of the Southwest, Southwest Art Gallery, Dallas, TX
  • Forman and Portrait awards, 2001 National Juried Show, Associated Creative Artists, Ann Hughes Fine Art Gallery, Dallas, TX
  • Pastel Society of America, 2000 Open National Exhibition, NY, NY
  • Salmagundi Club 2000 Open National Exhibition, NY, NY
  • Aim for the Arts, August 2000, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC Canada
  • Juror's Award and Meritorious Award, Breckenridge Fine Arts Center 2000 National Show, Breckenridge, TX
  • Dorothy Barta Portrait Award and the Canson, Inc Award, Pastel Society of the Southwest 2000 National Open Show, Dallas, Texas
  • Board of Director's Award, Associated Creative Artists Annual 2000 Show, Dallas, TX
  • 2nd Place, 1999 Plano Art Association Annual Juried Exhibition, Plano, Texas
  • Workshop Scholarship, Pastel Society of the West Coast, 2000 Annual Show, Carmel, CA
  • New Orleans Art Association 2000 National Show, New Orleans, LA
  • The Target Award, and The Robert Hatlelid Purchase Award, American Cancer Society, 1999 Annual Brushstrokes Show, Joplin, MO
  • Exxon Award, 1999 Texas and Neighbors Exhibition, Irving Arts Center, Irving, TX
  • Salmagundi Club 1999 Open National Exhibition, NY, NY