Patricia Oblack
Glencoe, Missouri

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.

Artist and Customer Comments

Patricia Oblack 4/26/2016 | 11:19 AM

Patricia Oblack 1/25/2016 | 3:36 PM

Look for my work on twitter @:

Patricia Oblack 8/13/2015 | 6:14 PM

Born in St.Louis, Mo., I have spent my entire life refining my knowledge in the creation of art with little else than a will to succeed. Crayons, pencils, paint & palette knives are as comfortable as baking bread or cooking in my kitchen. After 45yrs of owning several successful art related businesses from decorated furniture to pottery & wall murals, Fine Art settled in and abstract was a very comfortable pad for a final landing. I’m home! My approach is of my own design, that of layering and weaving of colors onto panel and paper to create abstracts falling just short of recognizable features. While horizon lines and other gestural marks may appear, they are but an extension of my thoughts as the music, which helps me to bring everything onto the surface. For extended information, please refer to my web site:

Patricia Oblack 8/4/2015 | 10:52 AM

The majority of Patricia Oblack’s paintings are nothing more than little miracles, some more than others. On occasion it’s much like riding a bicycle down a one lane flat road on a sunny day, while others are full of hills, twists & turns, which take her into a dark forest full of witches & wolves…then suddenly she escapes into the sunlight where everything falls into place and walla the painting appears, finding again, that it all worked out, it’s just magic! Never be afraid to ask questions about the artwork. I'd love to hear from you!

Patricia Oblack 12/19/2013 | 3:18 PM

S Buzzell I am completely self educated & my process is my own invention. I do not teach my process or have it on film. Thank you for your interest, so glad you like the work. P

Shawn 12/19/2013 | 1:35 PM

I'm a novice at art and kind of particular as to the type of art that I want to create. Now that Patricia's work (Awesome!) this is definitely the direction I want to go. Do you have any videos or tips to how you do things. I'm willing to buy. Thanks so much.

Patricia Oblack 2/6/2013 | 11:26 AM

Thanks J, I appreciate you stopping on my page....perhaps you'll purchase Remnants some day soon. Patty

commentsRemnants at the Piazza - Cortona Series
J Farrell 2/5/2013 | 5:52 PM

I love Remnants at the Piazza

Patricia Oblack 2/5/2013 | 12:36 PM

Thank you Chris, so glad you like the work. As far as Jon Gnagy, who knows what would have happened without him. I spent a good portion of my childhood tracing & teaching myself to draw. Art is firmly running through my blood, it's what I do best. Patty

Chris 2/5/2013 | 11:38 AM

Beautiful work, and I remember J. Nagy as well!

Buried Treasure II

Acrylic painting on masonite board
Signed on back

24" h x 19" w x 2" d
5 lbs. 0 oz.


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The inspiration for each and every painting is brought about through music & every piece has a “Voice” listed on the back which indicates the music involved in the process. When you receive the painting, read that information, purchase or obtain the music from a library etc. , listen to the music & see what it inspires in yourself. Abstract is always open to the interpretations of the viewer. My work is acrylic with palette knife, there is a clear low sheen varnish on the front as well as the edges. Each piece is wired & ready to install.

Acrylic painting

Acrylic paint was made commercially available in the 1950’s. Acrylic is a fast drying paint that can be diluted with water, but becomes water-resistant when dry. Acrylics can be applied in thin layers and washes to resemble watercolor paints, or they can be applied in thick layers, built up for texture. The main difference between oil and acrylic paint is the drying time. Oil dries slowly, allowing more time to blend colors and apply glazes. Artists who use acrylic paints typically work faster than those who use oils. Additionally, acrylics offer more versatility and are often used for mixed media work. Artists can mix different materials into the paint, such as sand or rice. They can also apply other media on top of the dried acrylic, such as pastel or pen.

Masonite board

Masonite board is a thin, smooth panel of highly compressed wood. If not already framed, most masonite board artwork will require framing.


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