A California native now residing in the Los Angeles area. He stills remembers the day he knew he wanted to become an artist, the day he won his first art award in the sixth grade.
After graduating from Idaho State University with a degree in Business Marketing and a minor in Art, he niftedly linked the two disciplines and began a successful career as an advertising agency art director. In 1986 Pat moved to Japan. Living in Osaka and Kobe for more than five years, Pat started painting again and developed his own oriental style with watercolors and created striking, colorful, and culture-clashing scenes as viewed by a foreigner.
When his first son was born, Pat painted a series of animals designed for his son’s nursery. Child-development experts suggested that bright colors and repeated images were beneficial to a baby’s development, so Pat applied this knowledge by developing a style of taking one image, repeating it, and putting it into the composition.
Returning to the United States, Pat started painting full-time and took his warm and humorous “animals” to the streets and into the greeting card market. His illustrated cards can be found in gallery and gift shops across the country, from the Smithsonian in Washington D. C., and the United Nations Center in New York to the San Diego Zoo and the Long Beach Aquarium, as well as many other stores and boutiques.
In 2006 Pat first began exploring abstract approaches to painting along with airbrush. His new work became inspired by the four elements of nature (fire, water, earth, and wind). In traditional beliefs, these elements make up the physical structure of the universe. Pat created a multi-step process that begins with a brush painted background on wooden panels. He combines airbrushed acrylic and metallic paints with solvents and liquids. Layers are repeated until a finished piece of art is achieved.
Now inspired by the oceans, seas, and rivers, he is now taking on a journey to create a new line of work. These paintings are multi-layered studies of color, movement, light and texture. Each piece revealing depth, dimension, and fine detail of our waterways and shores.