Greatly influenced by the oil paintings of Thomas Moran (1837-1926), and the contemporary watercolorist, Nita Engle, Pat's subjects have always been taken from Nature. Nature has created the images; Pat attempts to interpret them on paper and canvas as well as with fiber.
Graduated from Syracuse University in 1965 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Pat spent seven years as a professional Interior Designer in the Washington, D.C. area, then opened her own weaving studio. There, for the next four years, she created one-of-a-kind wall hangings, tapestries, window treatments, light fixtures, yardage and other ideas/designs that could be hand-woven for interior design firms and individual clients.
In 1976 she moved to Southern California with the intention of continuing her weaving career but became side-tracked by a "temporary" part-time job which became full-time and lasted 13 years, as well as other pursuits.
Finally, in the late 1990s, requiring an outlet for her creative energies, she came back to her original passion: art. Teaching herself watercolor and wildlife portraiture, she added over fifty originals to her existing portfolio of realistic landscapes done in oil. Retiring from the full-time workforce in 2007, Pat moved to Tucson, Arizona where the Spring 2008 extravaganza of cactus blossoms presented her with a series of watercolor subjects, When Cactus Bloom (view them on her website in my Florals Gallery). patriciaackor.com