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Patricia Altschul undertook a BA and MFA with an emphasis in painting at UCDavis. There, she studied with Wayne Thiebaud, Manuel Neri & Cornelia Schulz amongst others and subsequently worked in Togo, West Africa for USAID and taught at the Southside Art Center in Sacramento.
Her work mainly focuses on the solitary female figure. The figure acts as an expression of the complexity of solitude in relationship to an infinite universe. Her work illustrates an abstraction of time and our presence in time.
Working with images, Patricia begins with memories or photographs, which are a visual reference, illuminating puzzles of gestural dimension and perspective. The subsequent paintings are illustrations of solitude and the archeology of the soul, highlighting an inhabited silence, the poetry of solitude, and how we root ourselves in the world.
Patricia’s garden studio in Sacramento is surrounded by stray birds, her dog Fiep, and the changing seasons which are an enticing distraction, and her paintings have been shown both locally and nationally and are collected in numerous private and corporate collections worldwide.