Patty studied landscape architecture at the University of Guelph graduating in 1987 and has pursued a professional career that has taken her to New Zealand, Australia and Hong Kong. Returning to Canada in 1992, she spent six years in B.C. working in Vancouver and Whistler. In 1998 she returned to Ontario where she continued a professional career and development as an artist.
She has taken studio courses beginning in 1981 at the University of Guelph where she vividly remembers her first life drawing class. Since then she has continued her studies at the London Polytechnic, U.K., OCAD University, Emily Carr University of Art & Design (ECUAD) and more recently Dundas Valley School of Art (DVSA). Her professional and artist career span 30 years. She has begun the transition to painting full time.
Her appreciation of nature informs her work and inspires her painting. She is an avid canoeist and began exploring Algonquin Park in the 70’s, which is one place she continues to find inspiration for her painting.
She works out of her Hamilton and Claremont studios.
My landscapes and figures convey an impression of place by emphasizing the physical beauty of form, colour and light. Paintings are windows that open to life and memory. My paintings strive to encompass in gesture the altering states of the natural world especially through the changing light of day.
Working in oils and acrylics, my style loosely represents my impressions of nature through the seasons. Painting has been a sustaining part of my life for over 30 years.
“Landscape has meaning. Rivers reflect, clouds portend. Significance is there to be discovered, inherent and ascribed, shaped by what senses perceive, what instinct and experience read as significant, what minds know.”
— Anne Whiston Spirn, The Language of Landscape