Patrick grew up in Western Pennsylvania and attended Edinboro University, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Painting with an Art History minor.
His mother, who was an artist herself, gave him his first drawing book at the age of 10. It was an original copy of ‘Figure Drawing for All It’s Worth’ by Andrew Loomis.
The bulk, and greatest part of his artistic education has come from interacting with and learning from fellow artists and from studying works of art of all kinds.
He works primarily in oils, charcoal, and watercolor (gouache). His chosen subject matter generally ranges from figurative works and landscapes, to still-life and interiors.
Patrick has participated in many group and solo exhibitions, including Plein Air painting events like Plein Air Easton and Wayne Plein Air and have been an adjunct professor of art at Allegheny Community College for the past several years.
He likes to look for the design and form possibilities in art which sometimes leads to strong elements of abstraction and suggestion in my work, rather than explicit detail.
Patrick loves plein air painting because of its immediacy and freshness.
He says, ‘Because you must work quickly in most cases, intuition and feeling take over and force you to simplify and look for the essence of what it is that you’re trying to accomplish. There is no better way to develop real skill in painting.’