Photographs of Perry Winkler creating in his studio, which can be found in Clearfield County.
“Art is common ground.”
The first competition Perry won was for a public service advertisement in 1979 during the Iran hostage crisis. His design was chosen and went up on billboards all over Asheville, N.C., where he lived. He took the $300 bonus from the win and bought the art table that he still uses today.
In 1981, he took on art as a full-time profession.
He was drawn to watercolors because of the spontaneity of the process, as well as the reflective and illuminating properties of the medium.
“I have a little different way of painting than other artists. I’m constantly bouncing around. I’m constantly moving around with my painting,” Winkler said.
All of his paintings are drawn from his own experience and places which he’s visited. He jokes that he’s one of the worst people to travel with because he often hails the car to the side of the road so he can endlessly explore and photograph scenes that inspire him.
“I’m impatient. I have so many ideas and things I want to say. Watercolor is quick, and there’s a purity I’m drawn to,” Perry said.
These images were captured by Katie Weidenboerner Deppen as part of the 2017 Creative Makers Exhibit, a traveling showcase of creative makers working in the PA Wilds.
More about the show here. Proceeds from the sales of the Creative Makers Exhibit photographic tiles & posters will go back into the work of the Wilds Cooperative and the extension of this project as we will continue photographing the creative makers living and working in the PA Wilds.
Each tile measures 8 in x 8 in and is mounted on foam core that is approximately 3/4 in thick and comes with adhesive attached for wall mounting.
Please note: Orders for photographic tiles are placed in a batch at the end of each month with the vendor, and then take an additional 2 weeks for delivery. Please be prepared that your order could take 4-6 weeks for delivery.
Meet the Maker
Over 10 years ago, a groundbreaking effort began to brand a quarter of the Commonwealth as the "Pennsylvania Wilds" and invest in it to create a premier nature, heritage and cultural destination that would fuel local economies and inspire stewardship among the people who live, work, play and visit the region. Engaging the region's artists and craftspeople in the work is key to building a meaningful regional brand and infusing pride into economically-distressed communities. The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania, our membership program that supports artisans and entrepreneurs through such regional branding, was born out of this belief. Today, nearly 200 local artists and craftspeople participate in this juried arts and business development program. "Creative Makers" reflects the splendor and uniqueness of the Pennsylvania Wilds landscape and rural lifestyle, and the resourcefulness and talent of the artists who live and work here. PA Wilds Juried photographers captured the images, and our goal with the exhibit is to help tell the story of the creative individuals living and working in the PA Wilds.
This project is made possible through grants from the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts.