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Patricia Prendergast Sacramento, California

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.

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    About The Artist

    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.

    Artist Statement

    Since retiring from a career as a computer programmer, I have been able to indulge my love of nature and art. I chose pastels for the immediacy of the color on my finger tips. Although I create most of my work in the studio, I enjoy painting out in nature to hone my ability to see the light and the colors. In fact, the greatest benefit I derive from painting is the way it changes how I see the world when I’m not painting. My work involves soft pastels on sanded paper or board. I explore the color, light and atmosphere of a scene to quietly elicit feelings of serenity and tranquility from the viewer. My paintings are more an evocation of an emotional response to the transcendence of nature than a rendering of a specific place. Over the years I have been fortunate to study with many noted artists: Richard McKinley, Kim Lordier, Susan Sarback, Glenna Hartmann, Gil Dellinger, Clark Mitchell, Richard McDaniel, and Bill Cone.

    Artist Background

    University of California, Davis
    Bachelor of Arts, 1971

    Press

    "Inside Pocket" Publications SacramentoPatricia's artwork was featured on the cover of the April 2017 publication

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