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Patrice Reese

All my life I have been told to paint what I ‘know’ and ‘feel’ not what I ‘see’. It has only taken five decades to learn to follow that advice. I have always lived near large bodies of water. My father was a Marine so we traveled up and down the coasts of America. I spent my formative years in Virginia and North Carolina.

In the late sixties and early seventies, I attended and graduated from East Carolina University with a degree in Art Education and Interior Design. I continued my life’s journey by marrying a Navy Officer. While stationed at Charleston, South Carolina, I took my first watercolor landscape class. During that class, we were transferred to San Diego, California. This move provided me my greatest learning opportunity by allowing me to study with a group of artists, then known as the California Watercolor School. These adventurous souls went on to form the National Watercolor Society … I only wish I had paid more attention back then!

Despite numerous transfers and unaccompanied deployments, I continued to paint, teach, and raise children. During one extended deployment, (the kids were driving me crazy - I had to get out of the house) I took a workshop (cheaper than therapy!) with Skip Lawrence. He has influenced my painting ever since.

Maine is a creative atmosphere that permeates into your soul. My paintings are inspired by what I see and feel while I’m in Maine. It may be the stone wall in front of the hotel or the people I meet at the workshops the support system is encouraging to those with a very open mind to try something new but connected to your creative soul.

"All my life I have been told to paint what I ‘know’ and ‘feel’ not what I ‘see’. It has only taken five decades to learn to follow that advice."


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