Art is a force of movement and at the same time it is the only place in the world for me. I started as a boy driven and on fire for forms and beauty. As I seek change and color I feel very grateful that I have spent my life in this world of art because it is limitless with challenges. Thus, my sense of accomplishment is enormous. I am driven with passion. I feel that with this passion my work has integrity. It is, in its opportunities, all a gift to me.
As I am emboldened by challenge, stifled by limitation I work on large canvases; spanning the desert sky. Painting is an instant connection between my psyche and body, nature and horizon. I am moved by beauty and turbulence and the interaction of color and light. I seek the absolute, the raw passion of my expression. Painting is like Christmas and like hell all in the same hour. The ups and downs are large. And you have a sense that you are connecting to yourself. I also make sculpture, however the act of painting, pushing the paint around is very freeing; allowing me to explore on a two-dimensional surface. When I paint I don’t have to rely on others: on equipment, tools, or assistants. I draw reference from the history of painting and then I channel it into my own vision.The satisfaction comes with showing the work to a viewer and seeing them challenged and engaged, maybe even awed. I think these are two different things. The gift to me and the offering from me.
Danny Perkins’ work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States.Heis represented in the collections of the Victoria Albert Museum (London), the Corning Museum of Glass (New York), the Oakland Museum of Art (California), the Toledo Museum of Art (Ohio), the Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art (Smithsonian, Washington DC), and many other public and private collections nationally and internationally.
Framing an ornate simplicity; capturing an inner light. It is the light of the Southwest desert in its intensity and absoluteness that speaks to me in a remarkable way. It resonants in the same ornamental language as an Asian water color. There exists an emphasis on singular shapes, the beauty and perfection of one bird or a lone branch. ,. The starkness and naturalness form a common language which is deeply touching. There is a love of delicate abstraction which calls forth an integrity of light and space. I use the techniques of casting, with many nuanced materials, to transfer this harmony, which I see clearly in my mind, into my glass work. The 3 dimensionality and the artistic use of light that I capture in my cast glass work is an important element of the Southwest desert aesthetic.
For several decades her sculptural work has been seen in museum shows and galleries, nationally and internationally. After many years in the Pacific Northwest when the wet damp and looming forests influenced her work: large welded sculptures of beasts, she now makes her full-time home and studio in Tucson. In Arizona she is a glass artist with a working studio in Tucson’s Barrio Viejo. She is the motivating force behind the Barrio Collection on Stone Avenue.