Barns in the Wisconsin Landscape

Featured Artist Richard W. Patt

Bountiful Fields, 24” x 18”
Richard W. Patt has been a professional artist for over 35 years. He resides in Wauwatosa and maintains his Elm Grove studio in a historic feed mill. He is a self-taught painter working exclusively with acrylic paint on canvas. For the past several years Mr. Patt has focused on painting landscapes and plans to continue the theme of Wisconsin barns for the next year. These paintings are recollections of his childhood growing up on a farm West of Milwaukee in Waukesha County. The farm, its land, barns and Victorian house all remain intact to this day.
After having painted hundreds of landscapes, he felt he could make the leap into painting them without any reference material. He asked himself, “What material do I know best internally?” What surfaced was a flood of barn images and their environs. Mr. Patt begins a landscape farm scene relying only on his memories, impressions and emotions of these things. A repeating theme in his work is a strong horizontal linear quality, an influece the artist credits to Richard Diebenkorn.
His work has been exhibited at galleries in Santa Fe-New Mexico, Scottsdale & Tucson-Arizona, Chicago-Illinois, Milwaukee & Door County- Wisconsin
His “Barns in the Wisconsin Landscape” show debuted September first in the Art Festival of the Third Ward district of Milwaukee. The show had 160 juried artists from the U.S. and abroad and an attendance of over 15,000. He was chosen for the “Best Painter in the Show” award. In Door County the works were shown at Fine Line Designs Gallery, a representative of Mr. Patt. His solo exhibition there in Spring was a huge success - a sold out show!
Many new paintings in the “Barn” series, which currently encompasses 43 works, will be exhibited in downtown Madison, November 10-11 at the annual Winter Art Fair, Monona Terrace Convention Center, sponsored by the Wisconsin Alliance of Artists and Craftspeople.

Bountiful Fields, 24” x 18” Rural Fantasy, Acrylic on canvas, 18”x24” Silent Partners, 24” x 30” Winter Barn Mirage, Acrylic on canvas, 28”x22” Bright Barn Colors, 24” x 30”
Fields of Light, Acrylic on canvas, 30”x30”
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