I’ve always been interested in art, dabbling with acrylic paint, oils, and a sculpture class in college, but it wasn’t until sometime in the late 1980’s that I decided to take a class in watercolor plein air at the MO Botanical Garden. I worked nearby at St. Louis University Medical School in a laboratory and could take a half-day vacation for each 8-week session twice a year. I loved the fluidity of the paint and came to appreciate the “adventure” it is when the paint takes over. I’ll never forget the first time a painting truly came to life before my very eyes. I have been intrigued by organic forms with flowers as my true love. Recently I took a workshop in portrait painting and found the challenge invigorating; I intend to spend indoor times in the winter working on portraits. All but two of the paintings I have pictured were done plein air, my favorite way of painting. Thank you for your interest in my art.
Patricia Hutcheson McClane