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I’m an observational painter; my work is based on my interpretation and response to what I see, as opposed to purely invented subject matter. I was trained as a figurative painter, but am not particularly interested in exalting the human form in my work. I instead prefer exploring the small pockets of nature that are often overlooked in our busy, fast-paced lives. In my paintings I try to evoke a feeling of meditative calm, a space the viewer can enter in order to quiet the mind long enough to see the metaphorical bigger picture.
— Patricia Halsell

Patricia Halsell is an award-winning artist, working primarily in still life and large scale scenes of nature that hover between realism and abstraction.

Her work has been exhibited at Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA, numerous times at Maryhill Museum of Art, Goldendale, WA, and juried into the 2019 Anacortes Arts Festival and the Museum of Northwest Art’s 2019 live auction.

Her paintings reflect her strong environmentalism and love of nature. Her current river stones series is her response to the plight of the Puget Sound orcas, whose survival depends on the health of western rivers and the salmon who run them. 

She trained for four years in the atelier of internationally-recognized artist, author and teacher Juliette Aristides, and studied under numerous internationally known master painters. Her interpretation of her subject matter using classical techniques produces a body of work that is contemporary, beautiful, and timeless. She is in demand for commissions and her work is in private collections across the country.