Artist Pat Cross combines her love of both mountain wilderness and painting into her detailed impressionist landscapes. Born in a coal town, Pat's father played tenor sax to pay for his engineering degree and moved the family out of the coal community into a metro area. She recalls, "it was my father who noticed my drawing before I could tie my shoes, and later he showed my drawings to a nationally respected artist who permitted me (at age 15) into his college level figure drawing class." As an adult, Pat moved across the country, exploring the varied geographic regions and taking classical painting classes along the way. She now lives in Eleanor, Virginia, a town designed by Eleanor Roosevelt and nestled between hardwood hills and a river. She remodeled a 1950s farmhouse into the ideal home, with a painting studio, canvas prep room, framing/shipping workshop, and an office. When she's not painting, in the cold months, she experiments with healthy cooking, and as soon as the hiking trails clear, she heads into nature for inspiration.
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About The Artist
With all of my senses engaged, I walk, hike or paddle the remote geographies of the Pacific Northwest, Rocky Mountain States, Deep South and Appalachian regions. Or, just for kicks, I’ll extract the most from wherever I am at the time - such as my own backyard.
I'm highly attracted to strong design, rich texture, anatomical structure, color relationships and fine draftsmanship. So, I aim to incorporate these into my own work.
Oregon State University
Bachelor of Arts, 2008