Pat likes to define her primary medium as "color". Working in acrylic, watercolor, and pastel, color is the key that unifies her work. She seeks to infuse vibrancy into her subjects by incorporating subtle colors that enrich and harmonize all elements. Recently she's enjoyed incorporating paint- pouring with brushwork. She finds it a delightful challenge to develop images from the random patterns created by the process.
Pat grew up in Ohio, and has 40 years of experience as a potter, tile designer, muralist, and digital illustrator. She's taught classes for adults and children at art leagues, art studios, galleries, and in private settings since the 1970's.
Pat learned the fundamentals of art at Cooper School of Art in Cleveland, OH, during the early 1970's. Pat earned her BFA from Quincy University in IL in 2002, and an MALS in Art History from Findlay University in OH in 2006. From 2008-2010 she studied print production and digital media at the Rhode Island School of Design. She's attended several workshops in watercolor and is a past member of the Great River Watercolor Society in IL.
She continues to help others discover the pleasure of painting when her opportunities for teaching expanded with a move to Fort Myers in 2016. Pat's paintings continue to garner awards in shows and are collected by clients across the globe.
JAN WERDIN, ARTIST
Watercolor, Acrylic, Mixed Media
Jan has raised her family with her husband, Tom, in Minnesota. When the nest was empty, they moved to Cape Coral in 1989. She has had an interest in art since childhood, had some training in college, but put it all on hold to raise a family.
When she moved to Florida, she started taking classes at The Cape Coral Art Studio in 1991 with watercolor being her first medium. Since then she has taken classes and workshops with many nationally known artists.
Jan is a member of the Florida Watercolor Society, the National Collage Society, Cape Coral Art League, Pine Island Art Association, and former member of other Art Leagues around Florida and Minnesota. She has been accepted into many exhibitions in the area where her work has won awards and has been sold. She teaches a unique method of collage developed by Jon Talbot at Cape Coral Art League.
Jan Werdin’s work is for sale at Wild Child Gallery in Matlacha, Florida.
She has a blog at firstname.lastname@example.org
Patty is an award-winning artist, collected Internationally in England, German, Portugal, London, Puerto Rico and throughout the U.S. She is a full-time artist, residing and teaching in Southwest Florida. She has served on the board of the Pine Island Art Association and Cape Coral Art League and is a long-time instructor at both. Her preferred medium is oils, acrylics and mixed medium. Connect with Patty at Pattysole@embarqmail.com
Graduated from Mt. Mary University, Milwaukee with a degree in Art and Elementary Education. After 28 years of teaching she retired and began taking workshops in watercolor painting from Karlyn Holman and others. While living in the woods of Northwest Wisconsin, she painted a series of the historic buildings on Red Cedar Lake built by Frank Stout (Lumber Barron). The originals and reproductions appeal to vacationers and locals to the area. Her 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. Prints with her artwork can be ordered from her Fine Art America site https://patricia-ricci.pixels.com/
Pat moved to Cape Coral get away from the cold winters up north. At the Cape Coral Art League, she took classes and workshops to “brush up” on skills to use back in Birchwood teaching senior citizens in the summer. She now teaches Watercolor for Beginners Plus here at the Art league during the winter.
Seeing colors change as paints are mingle or layered; watching a sprinkle 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. She has seen firsthand how engaging in this new activity has helped in other areas of life for students: renewing a sense of wonder, building confidence through the challenges of new learning, meeting new friends, and just having fun.
My Art world opened up when I was about 5 years old. They taught me how to put a little perspective in my First-Grade painting – a house with windows, chimney and flowers but with a ¾ angle. I made posters in grade school for the bulletin boards – great fun!
Finally, I went to night school for several years and started with oils. Then I tried acrylics, watercolors, pastels and even spray paints. I went back to oils and here I am.
Painting for 45 years, I wanted to try teaching and share my experiences. This turned out to be great fun.
I’ve sent most of my paintings out to Oregon and California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, one to Kentucky and New York state and wherever.
Here at CCAL I have had my most success. Painting with others is where you learn the most. Who but your teacher and friends will tell you the best and worst of your paintings?
We learn something every time we pick up the brush.
“Keep at it.” – Terry Halek
An Indiana native, Richard attended Purdue University (Lafayette, Indiana) and earned a degree in Visual Communications Design. His professional career started in Indianapolis and then migrated to Northwest Indiana in 1990. In 1994, he opened his graphic design firm, Goodnight and Associates, and spent a few years teaching digital design at Valparaiso University. Moving to Florida in 2016, he gave up shoveling snow, but maintains his design business and is putting more focus on his fine art. He creates his artwork in graphite, charcoal, watercolor, oil and pastel.