artist statement

The mission of my work is to challenge the viewer to look beyond the surface.  I use figurative forms to give the magic of the watercolor a context.  I inject the imaginary into the mundane world we inhabit.  Growing up I have had an obsession with the fantastic.  The world was a cruel place devoid of magic that I so often found in stories and film.  I longed to live there in those distant lands.  The color, the unusual shapes and often absence of normalcy create the stopping power I desire to arrest the mind for a moment.  To shake the viewer out of mundane tasks, and thoughts, and think on their childhood, to remember what imagination is capable of, is my ultimate purpose.

Spirit of Spring II - Watercolor - 11 x 15 inches by Johnny Perez
Spirit of Spring II - Watercolor - 11 x 15 inches