March 2023 – Patris
Join us for Patris’ March 9 artist demonstration.
Patris will demonstrate creating depth and atmosphere in a landscape painting using a limited palette for maximum color effect. She will demonstrate in acrylic using a limited palette of color and discuss how the landscape can be broken down into different zones of color and value to achieve depth and space.
Growing up in the Northwest corner of Montana, Patris was surrounded by the natural beauty of the great Creator’s handiwork. She expresses this admiration for the landscape as well as her love of the urban landscape in her artwork. She enjoys painting on location (en plein aire), following in the tradition of the Barbizon School and the Impressionists. Her work is described as “peaceful and positive” – qualities she attributes to a connection she feels with the Creator and the natural world she observes in front of her easel. “Patris sees with her eyes but paints with her heart.”
For several years, Patris juggled a part-time job as an educator and program consultant for the California Department of Education with time to create artwork. She remained dedicated to her artistic goals, and in 2004, she left the education profession to pursue her art full-time. As the “unofficial Oak Park artist in her community,” the paintings of her Oak Park neighborhood have been exhibited at the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, St. Hope Development Corporation Headquarters, and the Sacramento State Capitol. Patris has also created and exhibited her regional landscape collections in various galleries and venues. She served as a commissioner with the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Oak Park Business Association,
Her artistic path led her to open her own studio and art center near downtown Sacramento- the Patris Studio and Art Gallery – a popular northern California art venue for artists and art lovers. At her studio, Patris teaches weekly drawing and painting classes and coordinates artist workshops, art exhibits, and other events. Life drawing and painting sessions are scheduled several times a week at her studio, providing artists from all over the region with the opportunity to develop and hone their skills. Patris is also a popular teacher at the Crocker Art Museum’s studio art program. At the Manetti Shrem Museum on the University of California, Davis campus, she led public art workshops in 2019. She was featured on KVIE Channel 6 Public Television’s “Rob on the Road” interview with Rob Stewart and has been highlighted in other local publications.
In her own spacious studio gallery, Patris features her artwork along with works by other prominent artists in the region who teach and study at her studio. The main theme throughout her artwork is her pursuit of painting and drawing from life – whether figurative, still life, or en plein air.