I use emotion and palette knife work to guide me when creating a painting. I view my abstract work as open to interpretation by different viewers. My work is greatly influenced by the palette knife's relationship with the surface and by music. The music that inspired the painting is listed on the back, and can be considered the "voice" of the piece. This work was done with graphite and acrylic paint, and was inspired by Stanley Turrentine's "Pieces of Dreams" and "Sugar." The painting is on a cradled wood panel with natural edges. It comes varnished and ready to hang.

- Patricia Oblack

Sunshine with Sugar

acrylic paint and graphite 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.