I am driven to paint or create. I paint everyday I can and everywhere I can. When I am in my studio, teaching, outdoors, in the snow, fields or even in the dead of a Minnesota winter, you will find me somewhere with paint brush in hand. I love color too and when Iím doing a floral still life I often can be found with 15 to 20 different oil colors on my palette. With landscape I use only 7 colors (a warm & a cool red, blue, yellow, plus white). I find there is a greater harmony in landscape and I can capture that with a leaner palette. I move quickly to block in shapes and can do two small paintings a day in my loose & lively style of impressionism. †I just love to paint! ~ Patricia Kness
If asked what is most memorable about Patricia, the answer would be easy. First her Loose and Lively style of painting that grabs the viewer and second her wonderful sense of humor. Patricia has been creating her whole life. She was one of the lucky ones who knew from a very young age that she wanted to be an artist. After raising her family, she received her classical training at The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in Philadelphia where she studied in watercolor, oil and pastels. Patricia is currently best known for her floral still life's but is also accomplished in landscape, classical still life and portraiture.
Patricia and her husband Lee have lived in various locations in the US but were able to return to their home state of Minnesota several years ago. Now Patricia is an instructor at the Minnesota River School of Fine Art where she also has her studio. She specializes in teaching floral still life in an impressionistic style for which she is best known.
Patricia has won many prestigious awards for her paintings. Most recently she has been honored to be added to the 2004 edition of 100 Ways to Paint Flowers & Gardens.†