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William Patterson and Carolyn Patterson

   Conceived by the Power of The Holy Spirit
William Patterson, Conceived by the Power of the Holy Spirit, oil on panel, 10x12 inches and with frame 24x26inches

Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi,
William Patterson, Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, oil on canvas 66x44 inches

William Patterson

Bill Patterson is a Rome Prize Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, 1966 and 1967. He graduated with a BFA magna cum laude from the University of Hartford in 1965 and an MFA from Syracuse University in 1969. Bill has won over 50 awards for his work, including the Gedney Bunce Medal (top award) at the University of Hartford (Art School). He has also held numerous one-person exhibitons in New York City, Boston, and other cities. His work is included in many public and private collections, including the Library of Congress and university museums. Articles about him and his work have appeared in several publications, including American Artist (several issues), and Architectural Digest  (an article on contemporary landscape, June 1996).

Bill was a teaching assistant at Syracuse University 1968-1969 and began his college teaching career at The Hartford Art School of the University of Hartford in the fall of 1969. He is Professor Emeritus from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst,  having taught Painting, Drawing, and Printmaking there since 1971. In 1991, he received a full scholarship to study at the Yale Summer School of Art and Music, where he pursued figure drawing under Deane Keller, Sr. He was awarded the prestigious College Outstanding Teaching Award in 1992-93. Since 1992 Bill has been traveling and teaching both in the USA and in Europe: he directed and codirected painting and art culture workshops in Italy, Belgium, New England, and France; was a visiting artist at Brandeis University and the American Academy in Rome; and has been a painting professor at the University of Georgia Cortona, Italy Program.

Bill works full time in his studio. He is currently writing two books, one featuring his work and another on open air landscape. Before he sits down in his studio to work, he prays several prayers, thanks God, and asks Him that, with what little talent he has, he can use it for His Glory. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, pray for us!


William Patterson

Deerfield River Morning, William Patterson, Deerfield River Morning, oil on panel, 27.5x22 inches

Carolyn Patterson, Agnus Dei, acrylic

Carolyn Patterson, Agnus Dei, acrylic


Carolyn Patterson, Hydrangea, watercolor

Carolyn Patterson

Carolyn Patterson holds a BFA degree in Painting from the University of Hartford Art School, Hartford, Connecticut, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She also studied art at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, and at the Southern Methodist University Academy of Visual Communications in Dallas, Texas. She has participated in and taught workshops in Canada and Italy. Her work has been included in many group shows including the Albuquerque Museum; the Warwick Museum in Rhode Island; the Wisteriahurst Museum in Massachusetts; Mary Washington College Galleries in Virginia; Kendall Campus Art Gallery, Miami-Dade Community College, Miami, Florida; Anna Maria College in Massachusetts; The London Regional Art Museum in Ontario, Canada; and the Cork Gallery at Lincoln Center in New York City, just to name a few. Her work has won several awards, including the Award of Excellence, Variations: Salute to Women in the Arts, Lincoln Center, New York. Her work can be found in many private collections throughout the United States and Canada.


Carolyn’s still lifes and intimate interiors are typical of the quiet poetry expressed in her work. Many of her paintings are done in the classical egg tempera method. Egg yolk and powdered pigments are used to build layers of semi-transparent colors and tones. The egg tempera method demands a drawing into painting discipline. A touch that is both decisive and at the same time sensitive is an essential element in egg tempera painting. Even though her works are small in size, they are monumental in composition. They are both ephemeral and real, full of light and color.

What follows is a quote from a review of her work in the January 2004 issue of Art New England, Spotlight Review, p.21.

 “Three Women Revitalizing the Renaissance: Warwick Museum,”
by Doug  Norris:

 Like Giovanni Bellini, Patterson integrates oil glazing into her paintings, achieving vibrant shimmering colors and emphasizing the minute detail of everyday objects. She also conveys a playful sense of humor. In her Blue and White series, the shells are replaced by other ordinary objects, including an urn—a nod perhaps, to classical art and its role in the Renaissance—and, in a contemporary twist, a ceramic pig (that may or may not be a piggy bank).


“As a contemporary Realist painter, I am committed to the depiction of nature with both scrutiny and poetry. All the elements needed to describe form – a highlight here, a cast shadow there – are a source of delight. The painting process itself is a source of joy. If the process is pure and honest, then the end result will be well worth the effort. This is my goal.”
-- Carolyn Patterson

Carolyn Patterson, Anemone, watercolor

Clarkia Amoena

Carolyn Patterson, Clarkia Amoena, silverpoint