Patricia Wallis graduated from Ray College of Design in Chicago, then attended College of Marin and U C Santa Cruz. Upon graduation from Ray College of Design, she accepted a position at the institution teaching perspective and color. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors: the Bronze Discovery Award from the Art of California magazine. The Arts in Embassies program selected my artwork for the American Ambassador to Singapore. Barry Spitz and The Marin Open Space chose one of her paintings for the cover of their book Open Spaces: A Guide to the Marin County Open Space District, published in the Fall, 1999. Southwest Art magazine featured Patricia’s work in the October, 1999 issue titled “Preserving Beauty”. Paramount Studios commissioned her to paint a 4′ by 5 ‘ painting for the movie “Vanilla Sky”, starring Tom Cruise. Patricia was the recipient of the prestigious Jane Gallagher Award for excellence in painting. The Nevada Museum of Art recently acquired one of her fire paintings for their permanent collection.
With a background mainly doing plein air paintings as well as aerial paintings in Marin County, California, Patricia moved to Reno Nevada 8 years ago to find a completely new palette of color in the landscape. The greys and violets abound there. After reading a book on the effect of acids on copper, she started experimenting with various patinas. Her salmon series has been a whole new level of exploration by applying the oils on top of the patina formed by the acids.
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