Petrea Noyes

About the Artist

 

I use many different elements to make my artwork- a laptop computer with six software programs, an Intous electronic drawing tablet and stylus, and a 44-inch Epson archival pigment inkjet printer (the inks are pigment-based, not dye-based and will not fade over time).
I often use vintage ‘found’ photographs or family photos left to my by my Norwegian grandmother as a basis for my work- these appear as my ‘cast of characters’ in my collage/paintings.
Once I have digitally ‘painted’ an image on my computer I print it on a 36×36 inch sheet of Unryu/Mulberry paper and let it cure for 24 hours. It is then ‘laid’ on a hand-crafted canvas support with an acrylic medium. When the image is dry I may use acrylics, Posca paint pens, stencils or gesso on specific areas of the piece. The work is finished with either a high gloss acrylic varnish or a matte acrylic varnish to seal the work (usually 6-8 coats).
I typically spend 5 hours a day in my studio and another 4 hours at home on my computer building digital images.

I have been an exhibiting artist for over 50 years and am currently showing my work in New York, Massachusetts and Maine. My work is in numerous private and corporate collections including the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, the Marriot Corporation, Colorado State University.

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