Patti Bartol receives her primary source of inspiration in nature, focusing on the restorative sights and sounds surrounding her. She is drawn to places that feel distant from the complexities of modern life: old mills, barns, farm houses, gardens, and untouched places, such as shorelines, marshland, and mountains. Patti loves to work in the immense and ever changing studio of nature, but she also works out of her home in Mechanicsville, Virginia.
Early exposure to art was an important part of Patti’s childhood. Her mother, grandmother, and great grandmother were artists, and she has wonderful memories of her mother and grandmother painting. As a child, her grandmother would take her on outdoor painting excursions with a painting group. Now one of her greatest pleasures is painting en plein air with fellow artists.
Patti believes art can be a solitary endeavor, so connections to other artists are vital. She is a member of several art groups that provide fellowship, education, and exhibition opportunities: Metropolitan Richmond Artist Association, Virginia Watercolor Society, and Virginia Plein Air Painters. Her work is exhibited through groups, several galleries, and outdoor juried shows, and is represented in corporate collections.
Patti’s formal education began with a Bachelors in Fine Art from St. Mary's College of Maryland. Art is a lifelong pursuit for Patti, and she has continued to study through workshops with professionals in various fields. She also enjoys sharing her love of art and years of study through teaching classes and workshops in drawing, pastel, watercolor, and oil.