About

 

EDUCATION

Aristides Atelier, Seattle, 2012-2015

Gage Academy of Art, Seattle, 2015-2011

Lewis & Clark Law School, Portland, Oregon (JD 1982)

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2020

  • Adobe Headquarters, Seattle, WA (solo show)

2019 

  • Bellingham National 2019 Art Exhibition, Whatcom County Museum, Bellingham, WA; Bruce Guenther, juror
  • Steele Gallery, Gage Academy, Seattle, WA (solo show)
  • Maryhill Museum of Art, Goldendale, WA

2018

  • American Classical Realism: Atelier Process & Painting, Maryhill Museum of Art, Goldendale, WA
  • Gage Academy Collectors Gala Live Auction, Seattle
  • Frame-Up Studios, Fremont, Seattle, WA

2017

  • 10th Annual Art Invitational, Smith & Vallee Gallery, Edison, WA
  • Gage Academy Collectors Gala Auction, Seattle
  • Frame-Up Studios, Fremont, Seattle, WA

2016

  • Transitions V, Fountainhead Gallery, Seattle
  • Steele Gallery, Gage Academy of Art
  • Gage Academy Collectors Gala Auction, Seattle
  • Aristides Atelier Alumni Exhibition, Gage Academy, Seattle

2015

  • Institute of Classical Architecture & Art Exhibition, King Street Station, Seattle
  • Puget Sound Group of Northwest Artists Exhibition, Rainier Club, Seattle
  • Gage Academy Collectors Gala Live Auction, Seattle
  • Best of Gage Annual Show

 

AWARDS

2015

  • Puget Sound Group of Northwest Painters Annual Scholarship Award
  • Nitram Charcoal Featured Artist for November

2014

  • Gamblin Paints Scholarship Award
  • Seattle Co-Arts Annual Scholarship Award

2013

  • Mary Gales Scholarship Award
  • Second Place, Still Life Category, Best of Gage Annual Show; Beth Sellers, juror

 

PUBLICATIONS

Lessons in Classical Painting, by Juliette Artistides. Watson-Guptill (2016)

 

RELATED EXPERIENCE

  • Administrator, Mastercopy Painting Program, Gage Academy and Frye Art Museum
  • 2016 President, Puget Sound Group of Northwest Artists

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Artist Trust Art Business Night School (formerly Edge Program)

 

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Martha Kongsgaard and Peter Goldman, Seattle, Washington

Judge Susan Serko and Peter Serko, Vashon Island, Washington

Fawn and Jim Spady, Seattle, Washington

Charlotte Behnke, Seattle, Washington

Dr. Gina Fino, Olympia, Washington

Roy and Jenifer Howson, Phoenix, Arizona

Sukhwant and Brian Shimkaveg, Bethesda, Maryland

Margo Keller, Seattle, Washington

Gail Vore, Portland, Oregon

Charles Moore and Lauren Baker, Seattle, Washington

Kenneth Scearce, Seattle, Washington

Constance Thayer, Richmond Beach, Washington

Marcia Harding, Seattle, Washington

Dr. and Mrs. Winston Chan, Spokane, Washington

James Thayer, Shoreline, Washington

Ann Thoeny, Seattle, Washington

Anonymous downtown Seattle real estate broker

Paton Lewis and Maria Winkler, Seattle, Washington

Dr. and Mrs. Carl Tubbs, Franktown, Colorado

Legal Parallax, LLC, Phoenix, Arizona

Kristina Larson and Richard Gemmell, Seattle, Washington

Panama City Bed and Breakfast, Florida

 

Bio 

There was a time in her life when Patricia Halsell did a lot of scuba diving. In fact, she once moved to the tropical island of Saipan, in the Northern Mariana Islands, and stayed for thirteen years so that she could experience its spectacular diving. In those days, she would blow through an entire tank of air happily sitting in front of a single square foot of coral, mesmerized by the drama of life unspooling before her.

She’s a naturalist at heart, and this shows in her artwork. Whether a moss-covered twig, a clutch of quail eggs, or a field of smooth river stones, her canvases explore the form and color of her subjects with expert skill.

Her work is serene and meditative, inviting her viewers into a calm escape from the chaos of life.  Wistfulness, poignancy, memory, loss, the lingering residue of human influence on nature. . . these are her subjects.

A curator has described Halsell’s “Little Altar” series as

“Rather wabi sabi [in] nature… The contrasting textures of the similarly shaped empty nest and porcelain cups. The whole and the broken bits. The hydrangea which keeps its form fresh or dry. And the long horizontal altar which to my medieval theological eye reads as both table and bier.”

Little Altars: Nest Altar

A classically-trained painter and draftsman, Halsell came to her current career as a full-time working artist after a detour of practicing law for twenty years.

Back then, hours of work would yield a finished law brief, ready to be filed with the court. Nowadays, the same investment of time results in a beautiful oil painting, a product that Halsell finds much more enjoyable, both to her and to her clients.

oil painting river stones

Although she had an exciting and successful law career, she always felt she wanted to do something more artistic and creative. Besides, she was getting tired of the negativity and stress in the law. Few clients are joyous over having to retain a lawyer, but art collectors are always happy to see her work.

It amuses her that her formal art training took longer – eleven years- than her legal education.

oil painting river stones

Born in Galveston, Texas, she spent the formative years of her childhood in Madrid, Spain, where regular trips to the Prado Museum established her aesthetic for European masters. At age ten she won First Place in a city-wide student art competition, receiving her award from the Mayor of Madrid. From that point on, she knew that she wanted to become a painter.

Although she wound up going to law school rather than art school, she continually found ways to inject art into her life, studying art law under one of the country’s leading experts, and being a featured speaker at Lawyers for the Arts symposia. She became immersed in fiber arts and knitting, dyeing silk and wool she bought from breeders, then spinning and weaving the yarn on her own spinning wheel and loom. Later she became an accomplished bookbinder and letterpress printer, setting type and printing on antique letterpress printing machines. As much as she loved all this, it didn’t scratch her most basic itch… the tactile urge to take pencil to drawing paper, and paintbrush to canvas.

river stones

After practicing law for twenty years, she was ready to turn her full attention to learning how to draw and paint. Starting in mid-life, she knew she didn’t have time to waste, and wanted the best skill-based education available, in a formal structured program.

Her formal training began at Seattle’s Gage Academy of Art, where, for seven years, she studied classical figure drawing, sculpture, anatomy, ecorché, portraiture, and still life composition. She was then accepted into the Aristides Atelier, an intensive, four year apprenticeship under internationally-recognized painter Juliette Aristides, studying drawing and painting techniques that have been passed down among master painters for the past six hundred years.

Lavender With Shell still life oil painting

Although the focus of her training was on the human figure and live model, Halsell considers herself primarily a still life painter, which goes hand in hand with her proclivity to collect and arrange. Many of the objects she collected in her travels wind up in her still life compositions.

Once the world traveler, these days Halsell prefers to stay closer to home, painting in her cottage studio located in the artsy Seattle neighborhood of Fremont and tending to her vast garden.

still life oil painting Kabocha squash Japanese glass floats

A full-time working artist, Halsell is in demand for commissions, and is currently working on several series for gallery shows.

She is also the liaison between Frye Art Museum and Gage Academy, scheduling advanced-level painting students from Gage Academy who wish to paint mastercopies at Frye.

Her work is in private collections across the country, as well as the museum stores of the Frye Art Museum in Seattle and the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner, Washington.

Hydrangea and Celadon