I love paint. I love the soft, dusty, velvety feel of a pastel stick. I love loading a brush and the buttery feel of oil paint being stroked on a canvas. I love the smell of oil paint and linseed oil.
I love color. I love the process of mixing paints and creating colors. I love placing colors next to one another until a painting glows. Every time I open one of my pastel sets, it feels like Christmas all over again. All those beautiful colorful sticks are like tiny little packages under the tree, just itching to be tried out and sampled. I love finding colors that harmonize and sing with each other or a color that screams “look at me!”
I love being outside. When I look at nature, I’m drawn both to place and detail. The world is full of abstract shapes and patterns waiting to be discovered — the light and dark areas created when leaves overlap with sunlight behind them, the overlooked forms that a rose’s shadow casts upon another flower, the minute detail in a single blossom or the abstract masses of trees among swaying grasses.
Patricia Savage has been a full-time fine artist since 1989. Several of Patricia’s botanical paintings are featured in Today’s Botanical Artists. The Pastel Journals’ 6th Annual Pastel 100 Competition awarded Patricia with Best in Wildlife and Honorable Mention in Wildlife. She served as Artist-in-Residence for Shoals Marine Laboratory, Denali National Park and joined Smith College and PBS The 1899 Harriman Expedition Retraced: A Century of Change. Her work has appeared in The Best in Wildlife Art 1 and 2, Focus Magazine (Italy), US Art, Wildlife Art, and Wildlife in North Carolina. She has exhibited at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, the Bell Museum of Natural History, the National Geographic Society, the U. S. Botanic Gardens, and Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom. She is a Signature member of the Pastel Society of America, the International Society of Scratchboard Artists, the Society of Animal Artists, and past President of the North Carolina Pastel Society. She taught classes for the NC Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh and currently teaches for the NC Botanical Garden’s Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate Program in Chapel Hill. Her paintings and news on upcoming shows, classes, and workshops can be viewed at http://psavageart.com.
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