Pat was married after one year of college and worked out of the home retouching negatives for photo studios while the children were small. Her and her husband built a dairy business into a five-state corporation. Their family now runs that business while Pat powered forward with her art endeavors.
Pat’s art education consists of life drawing classes at local colleges, workshops at Scottsdale Artists’ School and classes with some great artists. She has been fortunate to have taken many workshops and classes from some very fine artists as well as having multitudes of opportunities to travel some of our most scenic Southwest locations to practice her skills. Pat’s art approach I don’t think came from the class room or some scenic backdrop. Those colors and her approach comes from within, just like most of Pat’s partaking’s. When she would present a new painting, one would never know what was going to come next. Pat created with several different paint mediums but those were not near as diverse as Pat’s mind and what she could come up with. I remember one time while viewing one of her paintings, I wondered what the heck it was? She walked up to me and I asked her. She informed me that it was a cow patty. “Who would of thunk?” But upon knowing what it was, I could see, it was sure enough a cow patty! She laughed and then walked away, probably thinking, “What kind of stinking question was that?”
Getting involved and working behind the scenes in the art groups proved to be very rewarding to Pat. She was Treasurer for our Arizona Art Alliance for too many years to count. But as if that wasn’t enough she participated and worked every Alliance event imaginable. This included being the Scottsdale Art League Treasurer at the same time. How this lady can multitask is amazing. Up until a few years ago Pat proofread all the Alliance President’s written communications. Knowing him well, he may have even tested her proofing skills a time or two. Her valuable opinion and wisdom certainly carried more than its share or weight in making our Alliance what it is today.
Pat is a member of Scottsdale Artists League and has a juried status in AZ Art Alliance and Arizona Watercolor Association. She has shown in juried shows and exhibitions in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Montana, and Nebraska.
Pat once stated, “From all my years and experiences, I have so much beauty stored up in my mind and in my heart, that I can hardly wait to get it all on paper. Okay! So not all my years and experiences have been beautiful – The dark spots and the troubles help to make us what we are today. But I have tucked those away in the gray hair and the wrinkles. Let’s ignore them. I want to record some of the wondrous things I have experienced.”
We don’t get to see Pat much anymore. Getting around has become pretty tough. But she’s active doing something, I know. Her work still shows up in our exhibits. She still has “it” and has no problem getting past the scrutiny of our jurors. We sure miss having her around. Her service was humongous in nature and her presence is sorely missed. Her spirit will always be present within our Alliance. Her many contributions over the years are pretty much unmatched. Her humor and wit are still with us today.