The Road to Becoming a Painter....
I was drawing since I can remember. During grade school I would draw during class. I went to Catholic Grade School so the practice was not encouraged, aggressively. High School offered no Art Curriculum so drawing continued but no formal drawing. After High School I moved from LA to Santa Maria. I worked as a grocery clerk and deck hand on an oil production rig. In my early 20’s I moved back to LA. I visited the Art Center College of Design and endeavored to get accepted. Took drawing classes at the local JC and night classes at Art Center and after about a year my portfolio was accepted. Once in school I realized how unprepared I was. I had no experience painting or rendering skills so I was constantly chasing more capable peers.
After graduation I got a job at Cinnabar Studios in Hollywood mostly painting commercial (TV and movie) sets. Met my wife and moved to San Francisco in 1992. While in San Francisco began working for an elevator company and with the income continued painting and drawing at the Art Institute of San Francisco and drawing at the open studios at the local Junior College. Became an elevator mechanic and later Service Manager for Atlas Elevator. The work allowed me to continue practicing and keeping a studio.
Moved to San Diego in 2004 where I began working as an elevator Service Superintendent. Also attended classes at Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Arts but the most significant instruction came from Watts Atelier of the Arts in Encinitas. I had a studio in Point Loma (San Diego) where I practiced painting and drawing from life. Eventually I was represented by a small gallery in Point Loma.
My wife and I moved to the east coast in November of 2013. I quit elevators and now paint full time. I currently teach figure drawing and landscape painting at the Academy Art Museum in Easton. I was juried into the 2013 Oil Painters of America (OPA), Eastern Regional Division at McBride Gallery.
Gallery note: Patrick was just notified that he was juried into the prestigous 2014 Oil Painters of America National Show. He appears to be an artist 'on the move' in more ways than one.