Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Marina Dunes Plein Air

A small plein air painting I did during my Monterey Paint Trip with my art buds Abbie and Natalie.  I was able to get in this painting right before the rain started. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

House Portrait

A recent house portrait I did for some new neighbors who recently moved into Oak Park.  

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sutter Buttes

Small study from when I painted right at the base of the Sutter Buttes this summer.  
8 x 10

Thursday, November 20, 2014

A  small plein air painting I did while participating in the Yolo Art and Ag project this year.  I love going out to paint on the farms in Yolo County.  Makes me feel like a Montana girl all over again!
oil on canvas

Recent plein air work from Monterey Paint Trip

Here’s a snapshot of the paintings I did during my recent plein air painting trip to the Monterey area.  An exquisite time to paint, enjoy beautiful scenery and paint with good artist friends.  These paintings are available at Patris Studio and Art Gallery and for a limited time available for acquisition at the Crocker Art Gallery’s Holiday Art Sale the last weekend of November at the Scottish Rite Center.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Plein Air Autumn

Autumn Plein Air painting by the American River.
oil on canvas panel

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

A Fabulous Plein Air Painting Trip

Patris at truckee

I did a mini-plein air painting trip with my art bud Abigail VanCannon and Randy Blasquez up to Tahoe and Truckee.  Sometimes just getting away for the sole purpose of painting in beautiful places with good friends is medicine to the soul.

Make Art!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


My best art bud Abigail VanCannon and I at the KVIE Preview Party.  Watch for my piece this weekend for the KVIE Art Auction.  Bid high and bid often!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Front Cover Art

My painting of the Guild Theater was chosen as the cover image for Inside Publications August 2014 edition.  My artist friend and writer  Deb Belt also had an article about my art journey published in this issue.  August was a sweet month.  Thank you to everyone for all of your continued support and encouragement on this incredibly difficult and fulfilling art path I am traveling.  Your continued support means the world to me.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Capitol Bridge Plein Air

A plein air painting I did during the Elio Camacho workshop at the end of May.  I wanted to experiment a little with color and brushstroke here in this piece.  
8 x 10
oil on canvas board

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Ice Plant

A plein air piece I did recently down in Pacific Grove.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Quick Study Plein Air

A small plein air quick study I did with my friend Randy Blasquez when I visited her in Pacific Grove
a few months ago.

Friday, June 20, 2014

McKinley Park Rose Garden

Plein air painting from the McKinley Park Rose garden during our Wednesday morning Urban Plein Air session. 

Plein Air Study

A recent plein air study
6 x 8

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Plein Air Lesson from our Capitol Plein Air Workshop

My plein air painting from the Capitol Plein Air Workshop, Day #3 at Bogle Winery.  Great place and great wine, too!
8 x 10

Friday, May 30, 2014

Pink Bike Plein Air

The Pink Bike makes a good painting subject for me during the Capitol Plein Air Workshop with Elio Camacho.

8 x 10

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Featured Local Artist Interview with Patris

Featured Local Artist Interview with Patris
May 2014

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Patris interview
Patris is one busy woman. The bubbly full time artist somehow finds the time to manage and teach at her own studio, Patris Studio and Art Gallery, work to the improve her adopted community of Oak Park and make stunningplein air landscapes and portraits sketches. What motivates her to accomplish so much in such little time? Read below to find out:

1. You grew up in Montana and lived in Minneapolis for quite some time. How did you end up in sunny Sacramento?

I was living in Minneapolis after I graduated from college, working temp jobs and trying to pay off student loans, wondering what I was going to do next. It was like 20 degrees below zero in winter, I lived in a crummy apartment, and my aunt who was living in Fair Oaks called and asked if I wanted to come stay with her in California for a few months post-college.
I also heard there was a big Southeast Asia refugee population in California. I had become very involved in tutoring refugee students in college and was very interested in their culture. Chasing my interest in working with this population seemed a whole lot better than living in a cold apartment alone in a big city.

2. Before becoming a full time artist, you were a language development specialist. What inspired you to switch careers?I had always been interested in art, but never pursued it. Although I found myself in the education profession and heavily involved in community activism, I still questioned my true purpose here on earth. It was not until I watched my mother lose her battle to cancer that I realized I didn’t want to regret not taking a chance on my lifelong dream of becoming an artist.
Patris finds beauty in everyday sights in Sacramento.

3. You are passionate about Oak Park. Neighborhood landmarks are frequently featured in your paintings and in 2012, you relocated your studio from Midtown to the area. What draws you to the community? 
I've been involved in Oak Park's revitalization efforts since 1996, when my husband and I first bought and rehabbed a condemned crack house. I find the historic architecture, the diversity of cultures, the genuine nature of people living here to be unpretentious and interesting. Also, home prices are still relatively low, and so it's possible to keep expenses down to pursue my creative endeavors.
While some may look at Oak Park in less than positive light, I choose to create artwork that focuses on the beauty and hidden charm woven into Sacramento's first established suburb. Oak Park is my community and I love living here.

4. You are a plein air artist, meaning you paint or draw outside. What makes for the perfect “working” location?
I think the important thing to keep in mind while painting on location is that there is no perfect view. It's up to me to communicate to the viewer what I'm seeing and feeling, regardless of where it may be.
I'm inspired by the natural beauty, the light and shadow patterns on a scene, the vast array of colors presenting themselves in front of me. Photos just cannot capture that one-on-one interaction that I feel while painting outside.

Jump to 15:48 to watch the artist chat (and paint pears) with Rob Stewart of KVIE's Rob on the Road.

5. As an instructor, what do you believe is the key to creating a great piece of art?
One of the things that I frequently encounter with students is the idea that they must do it perfectly the first time or even the first 100 times. A lot of times people think they can create great art from Day One. Maybe a few gifted people can, but for the majority of us, it's letting go of the notion of instant perfection. In museums, we only see the masterful works of great artists. We never see the beginning works that led to their genius. We fail to realize that their greatness was built upon countless unseen hours of study, practice, and development.
Just showing up to the work, making a commitment to learn, practice, explore, and grow are essential building blocks to great art.

Art enthusiasts can take a variety of drawing and painting workshops at the Patris Art Studio and Gallery year round.

9. When you're not teaching or making art, what would someone find you doing?I'm always working. It never stops or lets up. There is nothing I want to do more than art, but when I do take a short break, I really enjoy a few precious moments to hang out with friends and enjoy some food, friends, and conversation -- and all the better if the conversation is about art!

10. Lastly, what is on the horizon for you and the Patris Studio and Art Gallery in 2014?

I want to continue developing the educational component with the studio’s classes and workshops. Also, as the Triangle Development continues to expand around the studio and gallery, I hope our 2nd Saturday events will become an even more popular neighborhood destination for art, music, and community connection. This summer the gallery will be showcasing artwork produced in house with our Student/Instructor exhibition. And of course, I look forward to carving out time for my own work!

Keep Up with Patris:
Sacramento365 Artist Profile
Personal Blog
Patris Studio and Art Gallery:
Don't forget to check out the Patris Art Studio and Gallery on 2nd Saturdays!

Interview by's Content & Social Media Coordinator, Jamila B. Khan.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Balena Harbor

A plein air painting from a few years ago when I participated in the Frank Bette Plein Air in Alameda.  I'm not able to go this year; hopefully my schedule will allow me to apply next year!
9 x 12
original oil

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Still Life Study

A still life study I did during the Qiang Huang workshop last month.
8 x 10

Eucalyptus Study

A recent plein air painting I did on a farm. I've never really painted a eucalyptus before, and it was a lot of fun to play with the warm/cool idea of color.

9 x 12


A plein air painting I did a few years ago with my friend Victoria Brooks up in Oregon.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Patris Studio and Art Gallery : Paint and Sip this Friday night--get your tickets ...

The cool thing about our Paint and Sip events at my studio is that we are introducing art to a whole lot of people who would never dream of picking up a brush and try making a painting.  Somehow Paint and Sip erases a lot of the fear and intimidation a lot of people feel when it comes to art. 

Patris Studio and Art Gallery : Paint and Sip this Friday night--get your tickets ...: Get your tickets on line and join in the creative fun!  Purchase tickets here at

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Wednesday Plein Air in Oak Park

Here's my plein air painting from Wednesday Urban Landscape Painting Club from a while back.  I'm really loving painting the alley scenes here in Oak Park. 

Wednesday Urban Landscape Painting Club doing some plein air here in Oak Park a couple of weeks ago before the much needed rain began. Hoping to get back out here this coming Wednesday.  

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Friday, February 28, 2014

Portrait Drawings from our Friday open studio sessions.

3-hour portrait study from today's open studio session at my studio from 10 am  - 1 pm every Friday .

Here's another 3-hour study I did using conte on grey paper from last Friday's open studio session.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Cathedral Statue

Working on the idea of the "Brown School" indoor painting style. Still trying to learning about what that means and chomping at the bit to try another one.

Friday, January 17, 2014

White VW Bug

Another small plein air painting I did the other day,  There is a VW repair shop around the corner from my studio so the Bugs parked on the street are great subjects to paint --until the mechanics need to take them into the garage for repair and my subject disappears!
6 x 8
oil on board

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Autumn Plein Air

This is a plein air painting  I did a few weeks ago at the Watt Avenue River Access.  It was a beautiful glorious day and I am totally in my element when I get to paint outside in the beautiful nature.  (I think that passion comes from growing up in the beautiful northwest corner of Montana!)
8 x 10
Oil on Canvas
American River

Still Life Study from Elio Camacho's class on Tuesdays

This is a quick still life study I was able to do last Tuesday during Elio's class.  He comes up from the Bay Area every Tuesday to teach this class and it is such a great opportunity to study with such an accomplished artist.  I am learning so much from him.   We will be scheduling a plein air workshop with him most likely this spring--that will be a great learning opportunity!   
oil on canvas

Thursday, January 2, 2014

VW bus plein air

VW bus from the Volkswagon repair place around the corner from my studio.  Loving the bugs!
Yellow Bus