Patricia Turner - Artist Statement

Painting is my wild adventure!   

As a serious neophyte painter in my 20’s, my favorite old masters were Renoir, Monet, Modigliani and John Singer Sargent. I poured over “how-to draw and paint” art books, studied art in night school at the University of Houston, and privately with various Texas artists.  I learned how to realistically render portraits from photographs in pencil, pastel and oil, draw caricatures of my friends and family, and paint a wild and stormy sky over a Texas pasture.  However, my attitude changed and my horizons broadened when I moved to Los Angeles in the late 80’s.

In Los Angeles, I felt the need to let go of my conformity and take a new direction away from realism.  I wanted something I could have a lot of fun with, yet use my portraiture experience, love of wild colors and sense of humor.  I decided to dive headfirst into abstraction; be free, throw paint, and see what happened.  Experimentation was key to the process. 

The Process.  When beginning a painting, I try to stay completely open and fearless.  I begin by energizing the painting with black marks and black lines, filling the negative area, letting my inner child play.  Then, I begin painting areas with saturated color, checking shapes for variety and size, and comparing light and dark areas for balance and temperature.  I work in layers, scraping, changing a paint color, painting it out, adding bigger shapes, subtracting marks, adding a different texture, checking dark against light, value to value, so as to direct the eye around the canvas, until it all flows together and the painting comes alive.   

I trust the mystery; this part of the process has become the perfect impetus to make me trust my painterly instincts; and to ask better questions of the canvas.  This push and pull journey keeps my work constantly changing.  

My favorite contemporary abstract influences and mentors are:  Amadea Bailey, Pam Coughey, Jane Davies, Moe Brooker, Louise Fletcher, Cathy Mevic and Brian Rutenberg.

I am Mostly Self Taught:

While studying with other Texas artists and at the University of Houston, I studied art books about the old masters. I loved the expressionist painters, works by Renoir, the figurative work of Amadeo Modigliani, and the beautiful portraits of John Singer Sargent. I have always been captivated by the human face and form as much as I am excited by abstraction with heavy textures and strong contrasts. It was while living in Los Angeles, CA (1989-1991) that I began a real love affair with abstraction and expressionism and the idea of letting my emotions guide my hands.

Formal Education:

University of Texas Thompson Conference Center Continuing Education Division (1994) 40 hours certified Graphic Design and Marketing

University of Houston School of Fine Art (1985).  drawing and painting

Del Mar College School of Fine Art (1967)-1968).  Graphic Arts, Drawing and painting

Contemporary Mentors, Influences and Private Instruction:
  • Moe Brooker, Pennsylvania, PA - Online Conversation with..., 2019
  • Jane Davies, Rupert, VT, Online Workshop, 2019
  • Pam Coughey, Hamilton, Montana - Powerful Design/Personal Color Online Course, 2019
  • Brian Rutenberg, New York, New York - Studio Visits 1-64
  • Jonas Gerard, Asheville, NC - "Confluence" Private Reception
  • Filomena Andrade Booth, Texas and Florida Artist, Abstract Contemporary Workshop, October 2015, Irving, Texas
  • Mentor, Amadea Bailey, Los Angeles, CA, expressionist and abstract painter (2014 to present)
  • Atelier 3-D Studio – Steve Dubov, Anatomy - clay figure sculpture study (2013)
  • Gregory Truett Smith – Austin, Texas pencil portraiture (2000 – 2001)
  • Char Eppright – Austin, Texas pastel and oil portraiture (2000)
  • Daugherty Art Center, Austin, Texas – Meryl Berwick pastel figurative and portraiture (1991-1992)
  • Dot Turner Studio - Corpus Christi, Texas clay sculpture (1972)
  • Dick Turner Studio – Corpus Christi, Texas oil landscapes (1967-1972).  Dick was my greatest influence.
Solo Exhibitions:
  • The Vineyard at Florence, Texas (2016 to present)
  • The Hollow Restaurant and Gallery - Georgetown, Texas (2015-2016)
  • Turner Studio Gallery - Georgetown, Texas (2012-2013)
Group Exhibitons:​
  • Cultivate7Twelve, Waco, Texas (2018-Present)
  • Georgetown Arthop (2016)
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  • LaTiDa Boutique and Gallery, Marble Falls, Texas (2015)
  • 570 Gallery - Laguna Beach, CA (2015)
  • Pink Poppy Artisans Gallery – Georgetown, Texas (2013-2014)
  • Gallery of Salons - Austin, Texas (2010)
Curatorial Projects:
  • New Braunfels Art League -Invited sole Juror for the "Break it Down" Abstract Show, August 13, 2019
  • Oktoberfest Arts Festival, Jonestown, Texas - 2008, Curator and lead juror for artists' submissions
Private Collections:
  • Works held in private collections in Austin, Cedar Park, Dallas, Fort Worth, Horseshoe Bay, Houston, and Georgetown, Texas; Los Angeles and Poway, CA; Rio Verde, AZ; Carson City, NV; New York, NY and Washington, DC.
Awards - Theatrical Productions:

Selected over 30 artists as Visual Artist for Upsetting the Apple Cart, an original play produced for Artspark Festival Competition, 2007, Austin, Texas

Two abstract paintings, Inferno and Cielo, were selected by The Vineyard at Florence, Florence, Texas and used as labels for their new artisan wines for 2017.