Brandon Fellow Olivia Perreault’s art captures the colors, textures of the natural world

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Olivia Perreault. Photo by Will Crooks

Growing up in Massachusetts and Upstate New York, Olivia Perreault would often explore her family’s property and photograph, paint, and draw the things that caught her attention. Today, her botanical pieces combine her love for nature and her eye for composition.

Perreault describes her work as “kind of contemporary with lots of colors and nature-related.” Her art, which focuses on both flora and fauna, often explores the remarkable colors and textures of the natural world. Perrault prefers to use acrylic paints due to their depth and the way they capture natural scenes.

Photo by Will Crooks

She is most proud of her current collection, which explores South Carolina botanicals, a compilation that, she says, has the most depth and coherence. Perreault has showcased her work in art competitions for several years. And in 2011 she won fourth place in the American Association of Christian Schools Art Competition hosted by Bob Jones University.

Perreault describes her work as “kind of contemporary with lots of colors and nature-related.” Her art, which focuses on both flora and fauna, often explores the remarkable colors and textures of the natural world.

Perreault has a painting on permanent display at Marion General Hospital in Marion, Ind., and has also completed several personal commissions, including one for an auction for Ducks Unlimited, a nonprofit that focuses on the conservation of wetlands and waterfowl. She was also awarded the 2017 exhibition committee award during the Greenville Metropolitan Arts Council’s Flat Out Under Pressure.

She first learned about the Greenville Center for Creative Arts’ Brandon Fellowship program through a colleague who suggested she apply. When Perreault was granted the fellowship, she knew she had become part of a special community, and she hopes the opportunity serves as a stepping stone to becoming a full-time artist.

Perreault enjoys working with the other young artists in the fellowship program, as well as drawing inspiration from the emerging art scene in the Village of West Greenville. Through the Brandon Fellowship, Perreault says she hopes to make a name for herself in Greenville by being an active participant in the local art community.

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