Pecan’s art comes from a love of portraiture, a collection of colorful toys, and her aspirations of bringing them to life.
Trained early on as a realism painter, she was inspired by the portraiture work of John Singer Sargent and Norman Rockwell. Later, having attended RISD, she discovered the greatness of Frank Frazetta and Boris Vallejo and their fantastical worlds and creatures.
After school, Pecan worked as a scenic artist for local theater. She soon became a consistent painter at the Huntington Theatre Company, ending her time there as the Assistant Charge Artist. Now, working as a scenic artist for Films and Commercials, she has worked on over 70 different productions and compiled a vast knowledge of scenic materials and techniques.
Surrounded by a theatrical world and inspired by the toys around her, she began a portraiture series. These pieces often presented in an iconic manner letting the viewer bring meaning to the portrait. As her work progressed she craved more challenging works eventually leading to creating scenes for the toys to exist in. Larger then life, they fly through space and tromp through the city of Boston leaving destruction in their wake.
Pecan works primarily from reference and life attempting to give her subject a painterly realism. As a result of many years painting as a scenic artist, she works quick and decisively, usually mixing and laying in a color in one layer. Her hope is for her work to provide a sense of humor in a world of worry and invites you to contemplate a realm where imagination comes to life.
The artist received her B.F.A. in Illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design.
She lives and works in Somerville, MA.
Member of Local USA 829.