at Bandelier National Monument_
I was born in New York City in 1952 into a family with 2 generations of art tradition. It was an exciting time and place in the world of art, when expressionists had come into their own, and an important geographical shift had taken place which brought the art world's focus from Paris to New York. At that time of course, I would not have been aware how important the significance of that would be until years later.
Art and the tradition of painting have always been important to me. Since my mid teens, which is now a 40 year span of time, I have been involved in making paintings. Painting adds a sense of beauty to our lives while supplying design and order to the chaos.
I attended Silvermine College of Art after high school for a brief period. A few people from Silvermine were important influences in my life. It was 1971, and a difficult period for artists and the world in general. So, when one of my design and painting professors thought I would be better off to paint on my own, I took that as solid advice (coming from a student of Joseph Albers and decided to follow my own path.
When dealing with natural perfection, why change it?
Galleries and Shows:
Design Domaine - 2012-present
Gracie Square Art Show -Oct. 2-3, 2010
Washington Square Outdoor Art Show, Sept. 4-6, 2010
Washington Square Outdoor Art Show - May 29-31, Winner "Best Oil in Show"
Forbes Magazine Award
Gaelen Juried Art Show- Livingston NJ - June 2008, 2009, and 2010
Arsenault and Antinori Gallery, Naples, FL 2009-2010
Wallace Fine Arts, South Hampton NY- 2000 -2008
Sheridan Fine Art, Naples FL- 2004-2006
Arthur Kalaher, South Hamptom NY - 1990-2000
Hawthorne Gallery, Hawthorne NY-One Man Show 1998
Images Gallery, Briarcliff Manor NY-1983-1990
Somerstown Gallery, Somers NY-1984-1989
School House Gallery, Croton Falls NY-1990-1998
There were many artists who have influenced my development as a painter, especially my grandfather, Howard Ashman Patterson, or "Pat." While I never had the opportunity to speak to him about art, his visual influences were always in my life. To this day, I still see his mark in some of my works. Pat was good friends with Stuart Davis and other members of the so-called "Ashcan" school.
The French Painters Cezanne and Corot had an early influence on my development as well, but the greatest impact of any single artist, would have to be George Inness, the great American Landscape Painter. His later works from the 1880's until his death in 1894, were his most modern, and abstract pieces that I identified with much in the same way that I did with abstract painters from the 1950's and 60's like Mark Rothko. I now live and paint in the area of Montclair where George Inness spent many of his adult years. A wonderful collection of paintings by Inness are represented at the Montclair Art Museum.
I've never studied under or have been mentored by another artist. I have been pursued at times to give art lessons but did not feel the connection to teach, the same is true of being taught art. I've pursued art from a personal experiential point of view. I have received mention or acclaim in written articles from the New York Times, or in regional newspapers and have had paintings used for book covers or other publications without using that as a way to any means.
To me, the most important thing was always to try and maintain a fresh look at things to paint, and keep the influences to a minimum relying on my intrinsic sense of what itis that makes me want to paint.
I now spend many hours riding my BMW motorcycle in and around NY, NJ and CT where I find countless natural occurances which provide me with inspiration for the paintings here. I also travel extensively knowing that every day and everywhere there is beauty to capture.