Cathy Patterson

Cathy Patterson

Artist
Profile Location
Lincoln , NE
Biography

I completed my BFA in painting at UNL in 1980. What a wonderful time. I was fortunate to study extensively with Richard Trickey, Gail Butt, and James Eisentraeger, three outstanding painters on the faculty then. Each influenced me profoundly. Of the three, it was Trickey who taught me how to think about painting, while Butt and Eisentraeger excelled at teaching how to use paint. Time went by. I didn’t get my MFA; I knew so many graduates who didn’t find work. I stopped painting. My life languished. I missed art. In 2002 I came back to art, eventually full time. I discovered that my skills were more or less intact and the lessons my various teachers had tried to impart had percolated in my subconscious over time. I had gained insight and understood more. This brought me great joy. I have painted continuously since, at first using watermedia and pastels on paper, then oil on canvas. And you never stop learning so long as you work. My preference is for abstract work, or technically nonobjective. That means you aren’t representing objects. Most of my work is abstract. Beyond the simple delight in working with wet media on paper and canvas, my inspirations are varied. I am deeply inspired by the work of artists who came before me. I seek out their paintings when we travel. I find inspiration in the natural and the built environment. I have made works inspired by movie credits and magazine photos that moved me. Being a feminist, I have tried to express feminine strength using colors that are associated with women. My work has been exhibited in Lincoln at The Haydon Art Center (now closed), Gallery 9, and The Lux, as well as shows in other venues. I also showed my work at The Chait Art Gallery in Iowa City until they closed.

Medium
Painting
 
 

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Cathy Patterson

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Cathy Patterson

Exhibitions Featuring this Artist

McKenzie Phelps
James Bockelman
Owen Buffington
Kim Darling
Tom Kreager
Brad Krieger
Louis LaBudda
Hannah McBroom
Lana Miller
Cathy Patterson
Jose Sierra
Dan Terpstra
May
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5/21/19 to 8/24/19
Multiple Mediums

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