Patricia Dobson was born in 1947. Her stunning paintings often elicit close inspection. Enchanted by the trompe l oeil style, viewers find themselves inadvertently reaching out to touch a piece of her work or looking from the side to see if they are three-dimensional.
Of her art subjects she says, I love painting the pottery of the southwest and the other artifacts. They have strong personalities on their own. They were used in the everyday lives of the people that created them. The paintings are anything but still-life, but my passing on to the viewer the energy, warmth and character centered in these pieces of intimate history.
Her interest in art and history goes back to her childhood. But it was a ninth-grade teacher who instilled the lasting desire to communicate her feelings through art.
While growing up around Sacramento and visiting her Aunt and Uncles farm in the foothills of the Sierra-Nevada Mountains, she learned to appreciate the importance of tradition and heritage in old things. Dobson savored the brilliant colors and interesting textures of the hills and the mountains.
She took art classes throughout high school and some in college. But the responsibilities of her medical profession and family stalled her plans, though not her hopes for an art career. In the middle of everything, she continued to paint and sketch. In 1975, Dobson ignored the warnings of friends and family and plunged into the world of the professional artist.
In time, her diligence and hard work paid off. Today, her art is much in demand. Her paintings have been included in invitational exhibits at the Denver Rotary Artists of America, Masters of the American West, the Cheyenne Governors Invitational, the Desert Caballeros Museum, the National Museum of Wildlife Art, The Museum of Western Art, The National Cowgirl Museum, the Gilcrease Museum, and the Prix de West at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.
Her work is in the permanent collections of the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Georgia, The Copley Museum in San Diego, California, The Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. and the Dunnegan Museum in Bolivar, Missouri.