Patricia J Richardson
My interest in art started as a young child, encouraged by my mother and her love of art, and inspired by my father’s stories of Paris during World War II, and of his Eastern European heritage where our family emigrated from Alsace-Lorraine in northern France to Odessa, Russia, in the 18th century.
Over the last two decades, I have been to Paris and to the South Of France and parts of Europe many times, but never enough times to quench my desire to be there! My wish is to paint these parts of the world in person and, while living here in the U. S. at home, from my photographs. To fulfill my quest of art as an artist, I enrolled in as many drawing and painting classes at the University of Washington as I could fit with my English major! A few years later, while raising four “precocious” children, and as a member of the Walla Walla Art Club, I served as docent for the Whitman College Sheehan Art Gallery; and for three years I audited art history classes at Whitman College. In my continual pursuit of art and painting I study and work in my studio and abroad in the tradition of the great Impressionists Monet, Cezanne and Matisse, and Post Impressionists Van Gogh, Picasso and Chagall. With every brushstroke I make, I try to create beautiful paintings of strong composition, harmony and color that reflect the delight and joy I feel as a person and as a painter!