Artist Debbie Patrick

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     As a “military brat” who traveled extensively, I have always been fascinated by people in other cultures - their unique faces and personalities. From early on, the main focus of my work has been portraiture, which also includes portraits of animals. At the age of 14, I studied briefly with Guy Bernardo, and after receiving my first portrait commission while in high school, I was hooked on becoming an artist. I had always been encouraged to pursue art as a hobby, but not as a career (I was supposed to be a physicist!). After college, I moved to San Francisco with my new husband, where we both got jobs, but also started a small greeting card business. After a couple of years, I “quit my day job” and became a street artist, doing pen & ink sketches of the beautiful Victorians found all over the city. We eventually opened our own gallery and expanded our Victorian theme to include watercolors, silkscreens, original oils and pastels, ceramics and needlework patterns, and had a thriving art business for 28 years.
     I have now returned to my first love, portraits of people and animals. Alternating between oils and pastels, I let the subject, the texture and the quality of light I wish to achieve dictate which medium I use. I always try to capture a subject’s unique personality or mood, especially as reflected in their eyes or through a certain gesture. In addition to my fine art work, I have recently illustrated a children’s book about art called Artemous’s Brush with Adventure, which can be seen at jdpbooks.com.
     As a member of several art organizations, including the Pastel Society of the West Coast (Distinguished Artist status), Pastel Society of America, the Marin Society of Artists and Golden Gate Marin Artists, [...]

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