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Charla Puryear

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Washington, DC

Lives in
Los Angeles, CA

Works in
Los Angeles, CA


Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, 1987, M.Sc.
Brown University

nature art, environtmental artist, artist/naturalist


"When I am in the woods or at the water's edge, away from crowds and enveloped by nature, I feel connected to my own "naturalness." I feel quiet, like a tree. I feel like air, as the wind blows through me, cleansing and renewing my spirit. I become one with nature, and nature becomes one with me. My heart is nourished and I can more clearly understand who I am. All I have to do is get there."

My paintings honor nature by cooperating with it, amplifying its voice, and sharing it with others.

Working outdoors, I wrap canvas around a rock, tree, or other natural object. I apply acrylic paint to the canvas and then, by rubbing, I transfer the image of the surface texture onto the canvas. This image provides the sketch for my painting, which is completed at the site or in my studio, with oil paint and oil pastels.

Being out in nature was the first training ground for my work. Mother Nature became an early role model. I received my bachelor's degree in art from Brown University and a master's degree in communications design from Pratt Institute. I studied in Italy, through Temple University's program, and it was in Italy that I found specific rock imagery to incorporate into my work.

Recent Exhibits

Charla Puryear participated in these exhibits:

Aug, 2015 Hard Edged: Geometrical Abstraction and Beyond
California African American Museum
Sep, 2012 BAILA con Duende
Watts Towers Arts Center
Aug, 2012 Consortium
Avenue 50 Studio
Jun, 2012 Shared Thread
California African American Museum
Jan, 2009 Natural Worlds
Brand Library & Art Center

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