The transition to fine art was instigated by a Friday night figure drawing group, an outcrop of the graduate medical illustration program. Painting from life, in both pastels and oil, with poses lasting for several weeks, Perri developed a love of the classical techniques for producing realistic images. Over the 14 years she painted with the group, her work began to attract awards and gallery interest while incurring a growing list of portrait clientele. Several workshops with pastel portrait artists Daniel Green ( and Kay Polk ( led to a fascination with the directness and vibrancy of soft pastels.

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