Patricia McCormack French
A love for all things in the art world began at an early age for
Patricia. She credits her grandfather, who served as the treasurer
of the Museum of Modern Art, New York City for introducing her to
the arts. Providing her with the exhibition catalogues as well as
trips into the city, he sparked an interest that developed into
a passion. Recognized in grammar school for her abilities, she received
a scholarship to Pasadena Art Centre. From there, studies at University
of California Santa Barbara under William Dole led to a focus on
Born in Pennsylvania, but growing up in California, her work was
influenced by the California plein-aire impressionists of the early
1900ís,as well as artists such as Sargent, Homer and
Whistler. She also credits Timothy J. Clark, contemporary artist
and lecturer at Art Students League N.Y.C. for making significant
contributions to her art education.
Self-education has always played a major role in the pursuit of
her talent and the writings of Robert Henri, a fellow American ex-patriot
who painted on Achill Island in the 1930ís, serve as a foundation
for her artistic philosophy.
Known for her landscapes, horses and figurative work, Patricia
currently works from her studio / gallery in Castlerock village.
Dedicated to exploring artistic vision, a sketchbook, paints and
easel are constant companions. While most of her time in the spring
and summer months are spent on location as a plein-aire painter,
studio work and commissioned pieces fill the winter months, working
in acrylic and oils in addition to watercolour.
The breathtaking scenery and atmospheric conditions of Ireland
provide inspiration, but often the challenging weather experienced
during out of door painting sessions require the techniques of artists
like Turner and Constable.