Percilla Penner, Joplin MO

I truly love realism.  It is the way I see things.  In the process of painting a subject I want it to turn into the real thing.  In some paintings my romantic side is there too.  Leaving some things to the imagination is often better than seeing every detail.  Often what you don’t see is more important than what you do.  A little imagination is a good thing.  I try to keep that in mind.  Every painting is a learning experience for me and hopefully for those who see it.

Through the years several teachers have been inspiration to me.  Jeff Legg showed me the beauty in painting everyday objects and making them come alive for the viewer.  Johnny Lilledahl taught me the possibility of color.  Frank Young has shown me the relationship of objects to their surroundings.  My friends who paint with me provide the criticism needed to evaluate changes that need to be considered. The prayers of our group keep me in touch with the Master Painter so that I never lose touch with the ultimate beauty He provides in each of our lives.

Percilla was born and raised in Enid, Oklahoma but has resided in Joplin, Missouri since 1976.  She has a B.S. in Mathematics from Oklahoma State University.  After teaching at OSU she became a scientific computer programmer for several prominent companies.  Art was not an early option but has become part of the quality of her life for many years.

Percilla is also a member of Oil Painters of America.