Discover Local Artists: Sam Perry

Coffee: some see it as an essential to the day, and insist on Starbucks. Artist Sam Perry fits into that category, and calls himself a “Starbucks junkie.”

Sam Perry

“When I’m not teaching at Palm Beach Atlantic University, the Digital Media Center, Armory Arts Center AND The Lighthouse Center for the Arts in Tequesta, I’m at Starbucks  — morning and nights,” he said.

Perry has always enjoyed observing people,  studying them and DRAWING them.  His latest body of work,  “The Starbucks Series,” exhibited at Liman Gallery March 25 through April 9,  comprises oil paintings, pen and ink sketches and prints and are the product of his many Starbucks hours.

Take, for example, the elderly disabled gentleman that Perry observed, a flashy patron reminiscent of Perry’s favorite rock star, Brian Ferry. He became the subject of “Old Get Wiser.”

“Old Gets Wiser,” 72 by 48 inches, oil on wood, $14,800

A young woman, portrayed in “Studying for the Bar,” becomes the subject of Perry’s artistic study and composition.

Perry believes people should not take themselves so seriously, and, as such, his work reflects a lightheartedness and whimsy, a freshness and unusual perspective.

Watch out the next time you visit Starbucks on Clematis. Perry might be drawing you!

Perry’s show opens at Liman Gallery on 4-7 p.m. Sunday, March 27, with a painting demonstration at 3 p.m. Liman Gallery is located at 139 N County Rd., Palm Beach. Hours 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Tuesday through Saturday. For information, call the gallery at (561)  659-7050.