Werfel’s recent paintings maintain a dynamic balance between figuration and abstraction. DeWitt Cheng in his catalog essay for Persistence of Vision*calls her paintings, ”landscapes of metamorphosis that reveal themselves to the long gaze rather than the quick scan.”

 

About Werfel’s 2012 show at Jane Deering Gallery in Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Independent’ critic , Charles Donelan wrote, “The idiom she has chosen is about as close to timeless as painting gets, and the command she exercises over color, composition, and negative space ravishes the eye. These images reward sustained viewing in a way that’s nearly cinematic.”

 

*On-line version of Persistence of Vision:

http://www.escholarship.org/uc/item/8xn781rt