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I work in acrylic on varied surfaces from canvas to panel to wood to metal to furniture. Currently my focus is working on textured, iridescent panels and applying papers of various transparency, color and pattern to this surface. The texture adds a level of complexity as well as challenge to the work. 5 comments


In 2001 Pat Forbes relocated her studio from the Washington, D.C. area to Albuquerque, New Mexico, the land of Enchantment. In the past she has lived and worked in Paris, France, East Lansing, Michigan and Munich, Germany, and, most recently, in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

Pat works primarily in acrylic paint, and has explored that medium on surfaces varying from canvas to papers, to furniture, to wood panels and metal.

She is currently exploring wall pieces--textured, iridescent surfaces__"to which she applies papers of various transparency, color and pattern. The texture adds a level of complexity as well as challenge to the work.

Working backwards in time, Pat created Uppity Art! For this use of acrylics she designs linear and curvilinear three-dimensional sculptural shapes from wood panels or metal that she then paints. The resulting upright ___Uppity Art!___ pieces are an enjoyable painting expression for Pat and delightful whimsical visual experiences for viewers.

Pat__™s colors, compositions and mediums emerge from her choosing to consciously employ the concept of serendipity: a gift of finding something good accidentally. She says, ___I find that painting reflects my life-view __" joyful, spiritual and filled with expected serendipity.___ Even while working in this manner allows Pat to continue to grow and expand, people find that her energetic and boldly colorful style is always immediately recognizable.

In December 2007 ALBUQUERQUE THE MAGAZINE selected Pat as Best Local Artist in their Best of the City issue.

She was a featured artist in ALBUQUERQUE THE MAGAZINE in April 2007. In October of 2006, Pat was shown on HGTV__™s ___That__™s Clever!___ a daily half hour show bringing cool art from around the country into viewer__™s living rooms.

Pat__™s work has been exhibited extensively on the East Coast and in the Southwest and is held in private collections throughout the country.

Her work is also currently available at the PatricianDesign/Caliente It__™s Hot! Gallery, 216 Gold Avenue SW in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and at Occasions! by design Gallery, 4223 Marshall Way, Studio B, in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Pat majored in art at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She created her own junior year abroad to study art at the College Art Study Abroad program in Paris, France.

Pat was a successful entrepreneur, creating and operating Pat Forbes Inc., an agency that represented six national award wining media photographers on the East Coast. With this success under her belt, she felt a calling to return to her personal artistic journey, and, Pat did just that.


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