Wendell Thompson Perkins (February 11, 1928 – March 2, 1997), was an American painter born in Boston who died in St. Augustine, FL. His lifelong business partner was Hartley Staley. The subject matter of his paintings included: Maritime scenes, Landscapes, southern African American scenes. The style of his work was primitivist and his primary medium was oil. The primary area where he was active was Florida although he spent a good deal of time in Maine early in his career.Family life
Perkins was adopted by Joel and Martha Perkins and was raised in Castine, Maine. Biographers speculate that the military presence in Castine led Perkins to paint maritime scenes. When asked about where he learned to paint, Perkins replied, "I've always been painting, ever since I was a child. I guess I taught myself." After painting for a few years, Perkins received formal training at the Portland School of Fine Arts in nearby Portland, Maine.Perkins first experimente
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