LXS Patricia Wallis

Bits and Pieces of the Silver State

paintings by PATRICIA WALLIS, Reno

May 20 – June 7, 2019


With a background in plein air painting as well as aerial painting in Marin County, California, Patricia Wallis moved to Reno to find a completely new palette of color in the landscape. As a fine art painter for 30 years, she has worked on canvas, board, and copper. Over the past decade though, she has work exclusively on copper which gives the image a unique luminescence not found when working with canvas or board. Oil painting on copper goes back to the 15th century although it is rarely used by contemporary artists.

Bits and Pieces of the Silver State feature the various elements of nature and provide the conceptual basis in Wallis’ paintings. She explains; “I express my reaction to what is before me. I usually focus on some detail that has captured my attention, such as an unusual composition, a graceful sweeping shadow or a color that shakes my senses. My goal is to capture the essence, or spirit, of the image that I see and to communicate my emotional response on the canvas. Although I use more or less a realistic approach, having the latitude to put personal expression into the painting is vital. I have no desire to make a literal rendition of what is before me.”

She graduated from Ray College of Design in Chicago, then attended College of Marin and UC Santa Cruz. Upon graduation from Ray College of Design, she accepted a position at the institution teaching perspective and color. Wallis has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the Bronze Discovery Award from the Art of California magazine; Paramount Studios commissioned her to paint a 4′ by 5 ‘ painting for the movie “Vanilla Sky”, starring Tom Cruise; one of her painting was featured on the book cover of Open Spaces: A Guide to the Marin County Open Space District; and she is a recipient of the Jane Gallagher Award for excellence in painting.  Her work is part of the permanent collections of the American Ambassador to Singapore and the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno.

To learn more about Patricia Wallis or to purchase her work go to www.patriciawallis.com.