I am a local artist and art instructor and have been both for over 30 years. Coastal scenes, historic buildings and people are my favorite subjects. Many of my landscapes depict St. Catherine’s Island. My grandfather and uncle were caretakers of the island, my mother was raised there and my father, paternal grand-father, brother and son worked on the island. So, in addition to the beauty of the environment, many wonderful memories inspire my work. I have also meshed my artistry with my love for teaching art to design a prototype for a Down’s Syndrome doll and to illustrate a book on science and thinking skills.
I enjoy painting in several mediums including oil, pastel and watercolor. One of my recent endeavors has been the painting of coastal landscapes using a technique called “watercolor batik”. The process begins with an ink drawing on rice paper and then involves creating a batik using watercolor and wax. I am very excited about this technique, as it encompasses both my love of drawing and a unique painting full of wonderful textures.
Another favorite medium is drawing, both with graphite and by combining a drawing/painting technique using pencil, conte and turpenoid which is a great combination to produce works of art from old photographs.
I earned my Bachelors and Masters Degree in art from Georgia Southern University. I have also taken graduate classes in studio art at Savannah College of Art and Design and the University of South Carolina. My works have been shown at the Columbia Museum of Art, City Art and the Workshop Studio in Columbia,South Carolina, at the 3rd Floor Gallery in Savannah, Georgia, and at the Leahy Art Gallery in Richmond Hill.
Contact Patty Mathews on e-mail for more information.