Patricia Watwood is a classical figurative oil painter. Watwood’s paintings explore transformative narratives and mythological archetypes using the human figure. Her oil paintings prioritize aesthetic principles and technical rigor, balancing perception and design. Her most common subject matter is the nude, particularly women, in images that convey the sacred feminine. Watwood has exhibited at galleries and institutions worldwide such as Hirschl & Adler and The Forbes Galleries in NYC, The New Britain Museum of American Art, The Butler Museum, and the Bruce Museum. In 2012-2013, her work was viewed in China in a historical presentation of American painting, Contemporary American Realism, which toured six cities including Beijing and Shanghai. Watwood’s solo museum exhibit, Patricia Watwood: Myths & Individuals was on view in two venues in 2011-2012: St. Louis University Museum of Art, and The Forbes Galleries, NYC. Watwood’s portraits are in private and public collections, such as Harvard University, St. Louis City Hall, Weill-Cornell Medical College and St. Louis University, and Culver Academy.
Watwood earned her MFA with Honors from New York Academy of Art, and studied with Jacob Collins as a founding member of the Water Street Atelier. Watwood has been an adjunct professor of drawing at New York Academy of Art, and has given lectures and workshops across the country, and is a featured art instructor with Craftsy.com. She is a writer for American Artist and American Arts Quarterly. She has produced two art instructional DVDs: Creating Portrait from Life: Patricia Watwood, with Streamline Art Videos; and Figure Painting: Realistic Skin Tone with Patricia Watwood, with Interweave Press.
Born and raised in St. Louis (1971), she now lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and daughters.
Have you ever wanted to paint a stunning portrait that made your family and friends stop and say: "That’s incredible! Did you REALLY paint that?" Maybe you’re a complete beginner, and you love the amazing look of portraits, but you don’t know where to begin to learn… Or maybe you’re an experienced painter, but you always seem to run into the typical portrait painting obstacles: You have trouble establishing unity among the various features of the face… The forms and details of the mouth, eyes, and nose always seem to trip you up… You can’t seem to get the shadows and contours of the facial anatomy to look quite right… Your skin tones feel “flat” and “blotchy”... Your portrait just does not feel “museum-quality”... These are just a few of the challenges you can face when you try to paint a portrait, and it’s exactly why some people give up, or never even make an attempt to paint one.
That’s the bad news… Here’s the good news: People believe that it takes talent to become a good painter, but in reality, it’s all about having a great teacher, learning a process, and lots of practice. Talent in painting is nothing more than experience. If you break the process down into manageable steps, ANYONE can paint a breathtaking, expressive, and lifelike portrait. It’s true. In fact, Patricia Watwood has developed a portrait painting method that’s so remarkably effective that you can start working on your own portrait masterpiece this weekend. Who Is Patricia Watwood? Patricia Watwood is an amazingly talented artist whose work has been exhibited in galleries and collections all over the world — from New York and San Francisco to Paris and Shanghai.
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