Artist of the month - may 2018 - ms. pat ricci

"I have always been interested in art.  I graduated from Mt. Mary University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with a degree in Art & Elementary Education.  After 28 years of teaching, I retired and began taking workshops in watercolor painting in Wisconsin.

I painted a series of the historic buildings near Birchwood, WI and have sold many originals and reproductions.  My donated prints have helped raise funds for the local food pantry, the school district, the Pink Ribbon of Barron County and other organizations over the years.

Cape Coral, Florida is a beautiful place to get away from the cold winters of Northwest Wisconsin.  At the Cape Coral Art League, I took classes and workshops to "brush-up" on my skills to use back in Birchwood, teaching senior citizens in the summer.  Now I am teaching "Beginning Watercolor" at the Cape Coral Art League.

Seeing colors change as they mingle or layered, watching a dash of salt create a sparkle, and realizing there are ways to fix mistakes for the better are some of the mysteries found in painting with watercolor.

I have seen firsthand how engaging in this new activity has helped in other areas of like for students:  renewing a sense of wonder, building confidence, love of learning and just taking your mind off other "things".

We have fun and make new friends, too!