With Paintings of Coastal Maine

The exhibit ends this Saturday, November 9, 2019

A portion of proceeds benefit the
Wellesley Historical Society

The mission of the Wellesley Historical Society
is to serve as the historical resource center for the town of Wellesley; to provide educational programs; to collect, interpret, and display materials pertaining to the history of the town and its people; to inspire public involvement in and appreciation of its heritage and culture.


Thanks to all who attended the Reception and the special talk with Roy Perkinson

“How and why do I decide to make a specific painting? There is an instant of recognition that something I’ve observed could and must become a painting. These instants come as unexpected gifts, as if I suddenly found a pearl lying on a beach. I’ve come to realize that what arrests my attention in this way has several ingredients, but the most important is a quality of light that evokes an emotion akin, perhaps, to feelings that can come from poetry. Also, I am drawn to a scene that has an underlying sense of geometry and combination of colors that I judge to contain the possibility of delicious harmonies.”

– Roy Perkinson

The Art of Roy Perkinson

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A Life Spent with Art

Roy Perkinson has been a life-long painter. One of his fondest memories is when he was only eight or nine years old, when his dad (also an artist) brought him along to paint watercolors while perched on a levee overlooking Trinity River in Dallas.

With his deep fascination for the visible world and how it works, Roy studied physics at MIT, art in a private art school and at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and art history at Boston University. Subsequently he trained in paper conservation under F. W. Dolloff at the Museum of Fine Arts, eventually becoming the head of the Museum’s Virginia Herrick Deknatel Paper Conservation Laboratory. Throughout these years he continued to pursue his love of painting, and has been in many group and solo exhibitions. In 2006 he retired and now spends all his time painting, exploring the possibilities of oil, pastel and watercolor.



Awarded 3rd Place for “Monhegan, South Shore” in the March 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition

First Prize, Post Road Art Center, 2014

Honorable Mention, Amazing Things, 6th Annual Juried Exhibition, 2011

Artists’ Residency, Fairfield Porter Foundation, Great Spruce Head Island, Maine, 2009

Artists’ Residency, Fairfield Porter Foundation, Great Spruce Head Island, Maine, 1993

First prize for oil painting, Wellesley Society of Artists, 1988

Honorable Mention, Wellesley Society of Artists, 1986

Award, Wellesley Society of Artists, 1985

Honorable Mention, Inaugural Exhibition, Juliani Gallery, Massachusetts Bay Community College, 1985

Award, Juried Exhibition, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, 1985


Meditech Corporation

Salem Capital Management

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Numerous private collections in New England, California, Oregon, Texas, Italy, England and France