Artist Patricia Bartlett

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Upon retiring from a career in graphic design/communications, I moved to Aiken, South Carolina. This small town called to me when I was researching where to retire from the very busy, urban hub of Washington, DC. It was in the South (where I was born and grew up), had a huge horse community covering every category of riding you could imagine and a thriving art community. I took the chance that this move would be the right fit for me and I wasn't wrong.
I began to paint after my first year in Aiken. At first it was with acrylics....just because it was water-based and easy to clean up. Then I tried my hand at oil painting and am now in the thick of learning as much as I can about it. It's frustrating trying to create an image and not having the knowledge to know how to achieve what is in your mind. But I keep at it and love it and hope it shows in my paintings.
As an artist, horse lover and fan of Aiken, I have volunteered my time to paint one of the life-size horse statues that have been placed in Rye Patch Stables, behind one of the celebrated winter colony residences. These statues highlight some of Aiken's most famous historical equines. My contribution was painting the first mare to win the Kentucky Derby, a chestnut named Regret.
I also assisted in raising funds for the restoration of Aiken's Gaston Livery Stable by painting a hunt attired cat statue (pink hunt coat, britches, boots and removable helmet) that was auctioned off through a silent bid process. The statue, titled "Tabby-ho+, was the top-earning bid.
I am a member of the Aiken Art Guild and a supporter of the Aiken Center for the Arts. My paintings have been juried into Art [...]

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