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Carol Patterson

Novato, CA

I drew a lot when I was a kid and started life as an art major. Along the line, I got sidetracked by the practicalities of life and did not come back to art until I started my “glide path” to retirement. A trip to Paris in 2006 brought visits to the Louve, Musee d’Orsay, Musee de l’Orangerie and many others. Seeing the Degas collection of pastels at Musee d’Orsay captured my interest and curiosity. Shortly after my return from France, I enrolled in an introductory pastels class at the College of Marin – I was hooked. Over the last several years, I have had the opportunity to study with strong and well known Marin and Sonoma artists who focus on pastels as well as the concept of viewing the world through the lens of shapes and values and seeing color in terms of “notes”. This transition in thinking has brought me closer to executing my work in a lyrical and more painterly way. As an alum of UC Berkeley, I believe in the concept of lifelong learning. I have much to learn and know that I gain a great deal from not only my teachers, but also from my fellow students along the way.

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