San Diego based artist Patricia McGeeney is a native of Santa Monica, California.
Her natural artistic ability was realized at an early age and has become the primary
focus of her life. She received her formal training at Art Center College of Design
where she majored in illustration.
Continued studies at the Watts Atelier provided a strong foundation in classical figure
drawing and painting. Over the years she has studied with many distinguished
masters, all contributing to her growth and understanding as an artist.
She believes that working from life, finding the true essence of her subjects, the play
of light and shadow, color harmonies and lively brushwork are all elements that
ultimately make good painting. For these reasons the freshness and immediacy of
plein air painting has become another dominant area of her work.
Though her paintings contain a variety of subject matter, figure and portraiture have
become her area of interest and considers herself part of a new American figurative
movement where her work is an amalgam of realism and impressionism. Great artists
of the past such as early California Impressionists, Sargent, Sorolla, Klimt, Velasquez,
(too many to list) along with many contemporary masters are constant sources of
Patricia has participated in many regional and national exhibitions including Oil
Painter's of America's National, Regional and National Salon Shows, Salon
International, 2014 Arc Salon Finalist, California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibitions,
American Impressionist Society annual exhibition, Laguna Plein Air Painter's
Association and Portrait Society of America. her work can be seen at the Broadmoor
Galleries in Colorado Spring, Craftsman Revival in Solana Beach, and the Perry
Gallery in La Jolla, CA.
"My goal is to create honest work, faithful to what I see and interpreting into
harmonious and balanced imagery with solid draftsmanship and design; painting that
is pleasing to the viewer but also engaging and satisfying on an emotional level.”