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About The Artist

Artist Statement


Artist Statement:

My work is a visual expression of my inner life, an emotional archeology often revealing itself in hidden and uncovered layers across a variety of mediums. As a highly visual person, with a long career in photography and photojournalism, I process the world around me through the image. My work focuses on the natural world, with an eye toward the abstract, and an organic palette, with an emphasis on texture. My mediums include encaustic, photography, oils, and unconventional materials such as rusted metals, plants, books, and other found objects. My work often features a throughline of hidden meanings – nothing is as it seems. I rely deeply on my artistic process to reveal what each piece wants to say and allow my viewers to interpret my work freely.



Patricia was born in Oakland, California, and grew up in Los Angeles. She received her degree at San Francisco State University where she studied Photography and Liberal Arts.

Patricia worked for two decades as a commercial photographer and a photojournalist which has influenced the work she creates today. She is a collector of imagery. There isn’t a day that goes by that she is not photographing something or drawing, painting, or doodling.

Her work has been published and exhibited both nationally and internationally. She has won many awards and participates and volunteers in several groups. She also teaches classes in mixed media.

Art Medium(s)

Oil Paint, Photography, Prints and Printmaking, Mixed Media

Exhibitions & Press

Group Exhibitions

Solo Shows

Uptown Fine Art Gallery – Two-person exhibit – Serendipity – Oakland, CA
Crescendo Gallery – Solo show – ‘Talking to Myself – Mill Valley, CA
Atrium and Chambers Gallery –   Parallel Thoughts – Tiburon CA
Thomson Hall Gallery – Patricia Leeds Photographic Retrospective – Sausalito, CA



Group Shows

Uptown Fine Art Gallery – Serendipity – Two-person exhibit – Oakland, Ca

San Francisco Women Artists Gallery – A Bay Area Annual Artists Choice – Juror -Devon Bell – San Francisco, CA

Belvedere Tiburon Library Art Gallery – Lasting Images – Tiburon, CA Artworks Downtown – Delicious – Juror – Julie Zener – San Rafael, CA
Blue Line Arts – Hot and Cold – Juror – Nancy Youldeman – Roseville, CA Manhattan Arts International – HerStory – Renee Phillips – New York, New York


Art for AIDS Auction -Juried – San Francisco, CA

Remarque/New Grounds Print – Blurring the Lines – Juror – Jessica Weybright – Albuquerque, New Mexico

Artworks Downtown – Harmonic Material – Juror – Tavee McAllister Lee – San Rafael CA Art Fluent – Elements – Juror – Amy Madison Neill – Boston, MA
Marin Museum of Contemporary Art – What is Art For? – Juror – Renny Pritikin – Novato CA Studio Gallery SF — The Tiny Show – Juror – Jennifer Farris – San Francisco CA

Studio Gallery SF -The Tiny Show – Juror – Jennifer Farris – San Francisco
Marin Society of Artists – Juror – Brian Gross – National Fresh Air 2021 – San Rafael, CA Marin MOCA – Juror – Beryl Miller – Assembly Required – Novato, CA

Propeller Art Gallery – Juror- Tom Taylor – Layers of Meaning – Toronto, Canada Seager Gray Gallery – Art of the Book – Juror – Donna Seager – Mill Valley, CA Art-Fluent – Of The Earth – Boston, MA
James May Gallery – Art of Water – Kendra Bulgrin – Algoma, WI

Saint Kate Art Hotel – The Money Show – Frank Juarez and Ric Kasini Kadour – Milwaukee, WI Marin Museum of Contemporary Art – Here and Now – Kim Eagles-Smith – Novato, CA
Jen Tough Gallery – Multiplicity – Juror – Diane Williams – Santa Fe, NM

Jen Tough Gallery – Natural Worlds – Juror- Michael Shemchuk, New Mexico
Studio Gallery SF -The Tiny Show – Juror – Jennifer Farris – San Francisco
International Encaustic Exhibit – Vignettes in Wax and Words – Juror – Lora Murphy – New York, NY Marin Museum of Contemporary Art – Beneath the Surface – Juror – Dewitt Chang – Novato CA


Crescendo Gallery – Solo show – ‘Talking to Myself – Mill Valley, CA
Studio Gallery SF – The Tiny Show – Juror – Jennifer Farris – San Francisco, CA Marin Museum of Contemporary Art – Transcend -Juror – Amy Owen – Novato, CA Gearbox Gallery – Art and Movement – Juror – Maria Porges – Oakland, CA
Marin Museum of Contemporary Art – Altered Book show – Novato, CA
Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery – “New Currencies” – Lafayette, CA
Jen Tough Gallery -“Learning Curve” – Juror – Michael Shemshcuk — Benicia, CA A Smith Gallery – “she” – Johnson City, Texas – Juror- Joyce Tenneson

Marin Museum of Contemporary Art – “Open to Interpretation” – Novato CA



Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women -“Women see Women”- New York, NY

ARC Gallery “Dreams” – San Francisco CA. – Juror, James Bacchi

New York Center for Photographic Arts – “Portals” – Juror’s award -Juror, Darren Ching – New York, NY

A Smith Gallery – “Chairs” – First place Jurors award – Johnson city, Texas – Juror, S.Gayle Stevens

Marin Museum of Contemporary Art – “Innervisions” – Novato CA Studio Gallery – “Tiny Show” – San Francisco, CA

ARC Gallery – ” Flora and Fauna” – San Francisco, CA – Juror, Suzanne Gray Marin Museum of Contemporary Art – “Hidden” – Novato, CA
Verum Ulltimum Art Gallery – ” Abstract Sanctuary” – Portland, OR
ACCI Gallery – “Boundaries and Balance” – Berkeley, CA
Atrium and Chambers Gallery – Solo Show – ” Parallel Thoughts” – Tiburon CA

Art forward – Gold Photography Award winner – New York, NY Artworks Downtown – “Marin Contemporary” – San Rafael CA Encaustic Art Institute – “Making your Mark” – Santa Fe, NM
Texas Photographic Society – ” Moving past the Camera” – Frisco, TX


O’Hanlon Center for the Arts – “Art of the Spirit, Epiphany” – Mill Valley CA Marin Museum of Contemporary Art – “Metamorphosis” – Novato, CA

Adobe Art Gallery – “Talking Eye 2” – Hayward, CA
Steam Boat Springs Arts Council – “Encaustic: Nature as Muse” – Steamboat Springs CO Encaustic Art Institute – National Juried exhibition – Permanent Gallery – Santa Fe, NM

ACCI Gallery – “Creativitea” – Berkeley, CA
Studio Gallery – “Tiny show” – San Francisco, CA
Eggman and Walrus Gallery – “Fusion” – National juried show – Santa Fe, NM Artworks Downtown – “Transitions” – San Rafael, CA

Falkirk Art Gallery – Falkirk annual juried show – San Rafael, CA

Columbia River Gallery – Encaustic masters show – Troutsdale, OR ARTWORKS Downtown – 2P’s+ 1M – San Rafael, CA




“San Rafael artist uses collages to deconstruct racism and misogyny.”

By Colleen Bidwill, MarinIJ, Feb 17, 2021

“Mixed-media artist Patricia Leeds deconstructs last century’s advertising in her latest series of works.”

By Charlie Swanson, Pacific Sun, Feb 3, 2021

“US-based fine art and collage artist Patricia Leeds works in a range of mediums – encaustic, oils, book art, and photography. Her collage series ‘Just for the Record’ examines and reflects upon the influence and damage that advertising has had and continues to have, on our society and as individuals.”

Inspirational Arts Magazine 46, Feb 2021

“Patricia Leeds Uses Collage to Deconstruct Whiteness and Patriarchy”

By Ric Kasini Kadour, Kolaj Magazine, Jan 2021

“Patricia Leeds creates mixed media and encaustic works filled with texture, contrast, and light.”

Artsy Shark, Jan 13, 2020


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