Patty Russell was born and raised in the beautiful foothills of North Carolina where the rolling hills and rural landscapes continue to inspire her to paint.
Although art has been a life long interest, it took a backseat to her career in education where she served as an elementary teacher and school administrator. In 2012, she retired and was finally able to pursue her interest in art by taking oil painting classes. She became captivated with the creative process of mixing colors, paint application and the evolution of a painting.
After several years of oil painting, Patty decided to try her hand at the medium she started with as a child, pastels. It had been nearly 60 years since she had picked up a pastel but when she
did, she felt a familiar ease and pleasure in making luminous marks and strokes on paper. This was a turning point as she began to study and practice the techniques and processes associated with this medium.
Currently, Patty practices her art in Studio 206 of the Dilworth Artisan Station in Charlotte, North Carolina. Recently, Patty won "Best in Show" at the Fifth Annual Piedmont Pastel Society Calendar Show. This Spring, her work will be exhibited at the Seacoast Artists Guild and Gallery in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. In addition to the Piedmont Pastel Society, Patty is a member of the Pastel Society of North Carolina, North Carolina Plein Air Painters, and Guild of Charlotte Artists.