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Pat WalkerBiography: Artist Shaped by Farm Life Artist Pat Walker was shaped by her childhood years on a Mississippi Delta farm. She was born in Walnut, Tippah County, Mississippi but grew up in Rolling Fork, Sharkey County, Mississippi. Her father, Martin E. Walker, was a gentleman farmer and her mother, Lola Wiggs Walker, a poet. “My dad and I were close and because farming was our life, I was taught to be attuned with the weather and nature,” she said. “It has been that closeness to nature and the earth’s cycles that has made me so passionate about life and art.” Pat was introduced to classical examples of oil painting and sculpture at an early age through her parents and teachers. The words, "I can't" were not acceptable by my parents or my teachers at Fielding L. Wright School. I was indoctrinated with, "you can do anything if you try!" “Drawing came naturally to me,” she said. “I continued to develop this skill throughout my early years, but I also began to paint, using subjects found on our farm.” Light and Dark Pat lives in a century-old house in Rolling Fork that is filled with fine examples of her own work as well as paintings by other American artists. She believes wholeheartedly in collecting good art and will forgo buying something else for her home in favor of a fine work of art. Pat is a representational artist who enjoys using the chiaroscuro technique favored by Rembrandt. She believes a classical approach to painting gives her an opportunity to apply paint in a vivid, expressive way; a way that accurately describes the artist's view of the world, both technically and spiritually. It gives her work, which includes still lifes, landscapes and portraits, a sense of mystery and emotion. . "My objective is to draw the viewer into the painting with the beauty of light but to leave enough mystery to free the viewer to wander through their imagination. I want to take their breath away." She said. Pat works exclusively "Alla Prima" with oil . She loves the way oil paint feels as it goes on the canvas and the smell of it in the studio. It is a flexible medium making it possible to make changes if necessary or desired. She prefers to paint from real life rather than photographs. Focus, Determination Painting has been a lifelong passion, and Pat has been a serious student her whole life. She has never settled but choose to push to learn more and more about the magical process of painting. "One must continue to challenge the... to see complete biography, click on artist's name Country: USA Galleries: Friedmans Fine Art Savannah, Georgia http://friedmansfineart.com Gallery Central Hot Springs, AR http://gallerycentralfineart.com Watsons Gallery & Frame Atlanta, GA Gallery House Alexandria, LA Pat WAlker Gallery Canton, MS Turning Leaf Mississippi 39560 If you are interested in scheduling an oil painting workshop in your area or if you are a Gallery Owner and would like to schedule a show or purchase Giclee's , please call 228-452-0839 leave a message or email: ritsartist@aol.com or TurningLeafLodge@aol.com Awards: Pat has received awards from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, Inc. in New York City; the Mississippi Arts Commission in Jackson; The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in New York City, and the CAC Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans. She was profiled by American Artist magazine and was featured in American Artist Highlights, two prestigious publications. She was picked by New Yorker magazine as an artist to watch to name a few honors. She has also been featured by numerous national publications including Art in America, Southwestern Arts, Artists and Galleries of the South to name a few. Media: oil Style: other, Representational Subjects: still life, Landscape, People, Portraits
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