Patricia Marquard

Durham Cathedral, Watercolor, 22x30 Cologne Cathedral, Watercolor, 22x30

Currently I am an artist-art teacher residing in Minot, ND. I am a commissioned artist, as well as an instructor, and an art demonstrator in the schools for the "Gallery on Wheels" program at the Lillian and Coleman Taube Museum of Art, and "Art in the Schools" for the Minot Area Council of the Arts.

A Wisconsin native, and Art graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, I have won awards in art competitions in Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

I paint with an impressionistic style. My artist's philosophy is that form is concrete, although it can be combined, and rearranged. Color is relative, and can be used in any way that the imagination can perceive. My realism in drawing sometimes has surrealistic overtones. My mediums are oil, watercolor, and colored pencil.

In my North Dakota Bird Series, the birds and scenery are impressionistic in that while the pattern and shape of the birds are authentic, there are details that are omitted, and areas that are somewhat vague. Color is sometimes arbitrary.

The motivation for my style is that while I am a realist in rendering, I take liberties with what I see, according to mood, interest, and the flow of the picture. I sometimes enjoy color for color's sake, and that makes for arbitrary color in some of my artwork.