Patricia Turner - Artist Statement

I am a native Texan from Corpus Christi and began drawing and painting at a young age.   I am mostly self taught.  I studied art and graphic design at the University of Houston and University of Texas in Austin, and privately with various Texas artists.  I learned to realistically render portraits from photographs in pencil, pastel and oil, draw caricatures, and paint a wild and stormy sky over a Texas pasture in oils and acrylics.  After a move to Los Angeles in 1989, my attitude changed and my horizons broadened.

In Los Angeles,  I discovered mixed media, collage and abstraction. Experimentation is the key to my process and I learned to take risks and trust my intuition.  The push and pull of paint and disregard for the "rules" keeps my work constantly changing.  Consequently, every painting I produce is unique.  

My favorite contemporary abstract influences and mentors are:  Joan Fullerton, Louise Fletcher, Jane Davies, Nicholas Wilton, Amadea Bailey, Pam Coughey, and Brian Rutenberg.

I am 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:
  • Jane Davies, Online
  • Joan Fullerton, Online Workshops
  • 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:
  • Andiamo Italian Restaurant and Gallery - Austin, Texas (2023 to present)
  • The Scratch Kitchen, Georgetown, Texas (2022 to 2023)
  • The Vineyard at Florence, Texas (2016- 2019)
  • The Hollow Restaurant and Gallery - Georgetown, Texas (2015-2016)
  • Turner Studio Gallery - Georgetown, Texas (2012-2013)
Group Exhibitons:​
  • Gremillion Fine Art, Houston, Texas
  • 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.