Patrick Saunders is an artist, painting and creating art while traveling across North America in an Airstream with his photographer wife, Kimberly. He has studied with many renowned painters, including Mark English, Malcolm Liepke, Wilbur Niewald, Richard Schmid, and Burton Silverman. Painting a variety of subjects including portraits, landscapes, cityscapes, and florals - Patrick's work is sold internationally.
Always seeking the next challenge, Patrick has worked as an illustrator, designer, animator, educator, musician, entrepreneur, and a fine artist. Throughout his career, Patrick has been recognized by his peers for outstanding work, earning awards from the American Advertising Federation, the International Academy of the Visual Arts, the Web Marketing Association, the Society of Illustrators, and Communication Arts. He was featured by Southwest Art Magazine as one of their 21 Artists to Watch Under 31. His students at the Kansas City Art Institute voted to honor Patrick with the award for Educator of the Year. In 2013, Patrick turned his attention to plein air painting, winning awards at numerous nationally recognized competitions including Plein Air Easton, Easels In Frederick, Plein Air Texas, Telluride Plein Air, Plein Air Richmond, Paint the Peninsula, Bucks County Plein Air, Lighthouse Plein Air, Sedona Plein Air and Maui Plein Air.
Patrick is a Signature Member of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, a Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America, a Signature Member of the Outdoor Painters Society and a member of the American Impressionist Society.
I believe that art is the act of creation. The result, whether it is a painting, sculpture, photograph etc., is simply a record of the creation experience. My approach is to free myself from preconceived visual beliefs and interpret the world directly before me. In so doing, I rediscover the colors, textures and values of everyday life that we otherwise take for granted. This is what drives me to paint and what I encourage in my students.
My art is the product of diligence in practice. I do not believe in talent. I believe that all of us have the potential to create art, if we choose to dedicate ourselves to the pursuit.
Patrick Saunders will teach a workshop at Crooked Tree - Traverse City on August 20-21. Click here for details.
Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, Signature Member