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Debbie Patrick

San Rafael, CA

People and animals have always been my favorite subjects to draw and paint. Alternating between pastels and oils, I let the subject, its texture, and the quality of light I wish to achieve dictate which medium to use. I always try to capture a subject’s unique personality or mood, especially as reflected in their eyes.

I began my exploration of art as a teen, studying portraiture in pastels under Guy Bernardo of San Diego. After graduating from UCSB and moving to San Francisco, I worked as a street artist, offering watercolors and lithographs of the City’s many Victorian homes. In 1978 my husband and I opened a gallery featuring my work. More recently, I studied with Behrouz Mirdadian, learning the classical method of oil painting.
As a member of several art organizations, I have exhibited and won awards in juried shows across the United States, including the Pastel Society of America National Exhibit in New York, the National League of American Pen Women's Biennial Exhibits in Washington, D.C., the Pastel Society of the West Coast USA Exhibits, Richeson's Art Gallery in Wisconsin, and multiple shows with the Golden Gate Marin Artists, the Marin Society of Artists, and the Marin County Fair Fine Art Exhibit (Artist of the Year 2017). My work has also appeared in Pastel Journal magazine and the West Coast Review.

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