Generations: William Patterson, Jeremiah Patterson
“Drawing is at the core of my work. While many of my friends growing up turned to the pages of a Superman or Batman comic to inspire and hone their drawing skills, I have been incredibly blessed to be able to learn to draw, for as long as I can remember, directly from William Patterson, my dad, my inspiration, my drawing teacher and my superhero. Whether it is his direct lessons on learning how to see, how to model the darks and lights of a form and/or exercises aimed to refine the most important gift an artist can be taught, the development of a sensitive touch, my dad’s lessons continue to teach me each and every day.
“I am a Contemporary Realist painter. Contemporary Realism is more than narrative, encompasses fantasy, reality and psychology, and is grounded in a thorough understanding of abstraction and contemporary concepts of picture space.
The aesthetic content of my work is a result of intense visual study, looking into and through nature. Various themes are expressed through the multi-layers of meaning achieved with composition, in the handling of paint, and the manipulation of space, atmosphere and light. My work is neither formalistic nor purely naturalistic, but a delicate balance of both abstraction and reality. What is expressed, if it is to have meaning is achieved through abstraction. What is felt, what I see visually and emotionally comes from life around me.
The series of recent paintings are about Places, inside and outside. Much of the work is focused on Deerfield Massachusetts and Italy, in both landscape subjects and still life/interior compositions. A new series began while teaching in Cortona, Italy in 2009 continuing the (outside) landscape theme.”
Works on Paper