An assortment of colorful donuts topped with sprinkles. Thoughtful arrangement of cool blues, green, pink and violet balanced with warm red and orange. Glowing purple shadow grounds the piece.
Pat Doherty's delectable oil paintings draw on her experience as a former commercial art director and designer. She seeks out her subjects at farmers markets and bakeries and then returns to her studio to simplify the details into bright, graphic arrangements. Pat takes time to balance the elements in her compositions and establish good color relationships between light and shadow.
Corte Madera, California
Pat Doherty follows in the tradition of Bay Area artists who paint what they love. Her culinary series is a reflection of her surroundings; Pat is a third generation San Franciscan now living in Marin. The Bay Area is the perfect place to find the petit fours and decadent pastries featured in her work "Sweet Choices." Similar in subject matter to Wayne Theibaud's desserts, Pat’s unique style starts with a rich color palette and an angled picture plane to achieve depth. The subjects are often simple, but Pat takes the time to understand them and develop a mastery of light and shadow. The art has a certain humor and light-heartedness as well, especially with her series of dogs and bite-sized confections. Pat's style is inspired by her previous work in the graphic design industry, when she was the art director of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, art director of San Francisco magazine, and senior art director at a private design firm. Pat's work has been featured in American Art Collector magazine, several solo shows, including the Caffe Museo in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, as well as many group shows, including frequent showings at the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art.
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The painting is fantastic and exceeded any expectations I had from the IJ article. It is a Xmas present for a good friend in Montana and my only regret is having to wait until December to send it. to her.- E Marquis