This is a rendering of one of my favorite trees. It has such character and sits by itself in a riverbed that is dry most of the year. I wanted to create a moody, atmospheric scene to surround the strength of this tree, so I used mostly neutral colors. The path takes you to the river. This is painted on archival sanded pastel paper mounted on a foamcore board.

- Patricia Prendergast

Standing Guard

Pastel artwork on paper

Ready to frame

Signed on back

11" h x 14" w 
0 lbs. 2 oz.



Patricia Prendergast
Sacramento, California

Getting to Know Patricia

Patricia Prendergast is known for her series of pastel impressionist drawings of Sacramento and the natural landscapes of California. Patricia spends hours walking alongside the river near her home, studying the light and colors and collecting source photos. She paints en plein air on her walks and also works from her home studio which opens onto a patio allowing the nature in. After retiring from her first career as a computer programmer, Patricia reflects how her craft has changed her perspective, “everything is more vivid - the beauty of light and shadow in the trees, the subtlety of the color of clouds, the sparkle and reflections in water.” To achieve her technique, Patricia may use a watercolor underpainting that is slightly visible in the final works, and she applies soft pastels to the sanded surface for an atmospheric effect. For a finishing touch, she may create 'splatters' of pastel dust by shaving the pastel onto the paper. Her landscape series is tied together with a Romantic mauve undertone and a haziness that suggest these pastels are just one moment in a larger natural rhythm. Her work as been exhibited in solo shows around California.