Purnell is a native of Martinsville, Virginia. She received her B.A. degree from Stratford College in 1972, majoring in Art Education. She is blessed with three daughters, two sons-in law and 15 grandchildren. She often says that her greatest creations are her precious daughters.
Purnell’s paintings have been accepted in several juried area art shows, the Tri-State Watercolor Society, Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, West Virginia Watercolor Society, Central Virginia Watercolor Guild, American Watercolor Society and National Watercolor Society. She is currently a signature member of the Virginia Watercolor Society.
Her watercolors are bright and colorful depictions of daily observations, emphasizing the play of light, shadow and color. She enjoys experimenting with new and varied ideas to keep her paintings fresh and changing. By working with talented students, she finds that she learns as much as they do, in her classes.
Pieces by Purnell Pettyjohn
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