Are artists born with creative talent or can anyone acquire artistic skills through external influences?
The Northville Art House presents ART OF THE FAMILY: Donald, Robert, Susan and William Perrish featuring paintings and sculptures from a family of award-winning artists. The exhibition answers the age-old question of nature versus nurture by demonstrating the existence of both innate talent and learned skills in shaping the artist.
Donald has been drawing and painting his entire life. He attended the College for Creative Studies and is a freelance artist involved with fine art, murals and architectural art design.
Robert studied art at University of Michigan. After 30 years in the commercial art business, his art has evolved from wildlife painting and sculpture into landscape and figure painting.
William, like his brothers, picked up drawing at an early age. Largely self-taught, he explores different mediums and subject matter, developing his skills with each project.
Susan grew up surrounded by music and art. Her mother is a talented watercolor artist and her father was a gifted woodworker. After she married Robert and raised a family, she found her artistic talent through drawing, specializing in soft pastel portraits.
“Over the years I longed for an artistic outlet, but the business of life always got in the way, leaving its pursuit as a ‘someday’ thing. Then, in the summer of 2013, I picked up a pencil and started to draw – first an eye, then a nose, another eye, and a mouth. The passion was immediate and life changing,” recalls Susan.
Regardless of their beginnings and how their artistry is expressed, one common trait among these artists is a sense of passion for art.
ART OF THE FAMILY opens with a public reception, sponsored by Mark Corbin of Raymond James, on Friday, April 6 from 6 – 9 pm and runs though Saturday, April 28 during Art House hours, Tuesday-Friday 12 - 5 p.m. and Saturday 12 - 4 p.m.
The Northville Art House is located at 215 W. Cady Street and is a facility of the Northville Arts Commission. Admission to Art House exhibits is free and open to the public. For information contact (248) 344-0497 or visit www.northvillearthouse.org.
Black Lake by Donald Perrish
Eastern Market Solos by Robert Perrish
Bloom by Susan Perrish
Nebula by William Perrish