Portraiture – paintings of musicians and other performers
2nd Friday Art Walk Reception:
* February 8 • 5:00–8:00 pm
Exhibit dates: February 8–March 2
[Pictured: Jorge © Debbie Patrick, pastel (detail)]
Debbie Patrick Artist Statement:
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.
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 married into a very musical family and, not having a single ounce of musical ability, became an avid listener and lover of all types of music. Unable to create music, I turned instead to painting to express my appreciation of both musicians and dancers, trying to capture them in the act of doing what they love. I enjoy working in the studio, doing figure studies while listening to anything from blues and rock to opera and classical.
The paintings in “Music in the Air” depict a variety of performers - professionals onstage with dramatic lighting, casual outdoor street musicians, dancers waiting in the wings. Alternating between oils and pastels, I let the subject 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 a certain gesture.