I use my emotions and palette knife to guide me when creating a work of art. I view my abstract works as open to interpretation. My work is greatly influenced by the palette knife's relationship with the surface and by music. The "voice" is listed on the back of the painting, revealing the influence for the work. For this particular piece, the music was Ravi Shankar & Philip Glass' "Passages '90." This painting is on a cradled wood panel with finished black edges. It comes varnished and ready to hang.

- Patricia Oblack

I Couldn't Be More Sure

Acrylic painting on wood

Signed on back

24" h x 24" w x 1.5" d
3 lbs. 0 oz.



Patricia Oblack
Glencoe, Missouri

Getting to Know Patricia

As a child in the 1950s, Patricia Oblack sat in front of the television and learned to draw with Jon Gnagy’s New Television Art Instruction Book. The exercise led to a love of art, and in 1962 she begged her mother to purchase lessons from Art Instruction, Inc. in Minneapolis. Within a few weeks, a box arrived with art supplies, including her first palette knife. Patricia finished every lesson, and was in good company–another student of the school was renowned Peanuts cartoonist Charles M. Schulz. From that humble beginning, Patricia became a lifelong artist, currently creating dark, earthy abstracts, which she paints with the same palette knife from childhood.