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Debbie Patrick


At the age of 14, I started studying pastels with Guy Bernardo, focusing on portraits and animal studies. On moving to San Francisco, I became captivated by the lovely Victorian homes scattered all over the city. Over the next 25 years, I sketched and painted hundreds of these, selling them first as a street artist and later in my own gallery.

In 2010, I joined the Golden Gate Marin Artists branch of Pen Women and returned to my first love – portraits of humans and animals. Alternating between pastels and oils, I let the subject, its texture, and the quality of light I wish to achieve dictate which medium to use. I always try to capture a subject’s unique personality or mood, especially as reflected in their eyes.

As a member of several art organizations, I have exhibited and won awards in juried shows across the U.S., including the Pastel Society of America National Exhibit, the NLAPW Biennial, the Pastel Society of the West Coast USA Exhibits, and the Marin Society of Artists.

In 2017, I was honored to be named Artist of the Year at the Marin County Fair and have created the 2019 Marin County Fair poster.


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