Known for her powerful and intense color work, Pernie Fallon’s pastel and oil paintings of are vivid and lively. But on closer examination, there are qualities that are not so obvious on the surface. Fallon’s paintings transcend the beauty of place with unexpected emotion, movement, and life.
Pernie is from Pampa in the Texas Panhandle and resides in McKinney, Texas. She holds a BFA in metalsmithing from Arizona State University and a Masters of Science in Art and Technology from the University of North Texas. While doing graduate work at the University of Texas-Dallas, she became interested in the legacy of early Texas artist Frank Reaugh (1860-1945). Connecting with Reaugh’s last living student, then 93-year-old Lucretia Donnell Coke, Pernie learned exactly how Reaugh taught pastel painting to his students. Fallon considers herself to be a third generation student of Reaugh. She passes on the legacy, teaching her young Liberty High School art students the way Reaugh taught the young Lucretia.
Pernie paints almost daily in her studio, or outside when weather permits. Each summer, she makes a trip to her favorite locations in the great Southwest to paint and photograph, gathering reference material for future studio paintings. She exhibits annually at The Cove and The Martin Place in McKinney, Texas. She participates in national juried shows as well as local art events, mainly Music in Motion, the McKinney Art Studio Tour, Unique by Nature and Arts in Bloom. Pernie is a member of the Arts & Music Guild of McKinney, the Pastel Society of the South West, the Frank Reaugh Club, and the Outdoor Painters Society.