fine art painting | plein air painting | oil painting

© Patti Cliffton - patti@patticliffton.com

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About the Artist

Patti was born in Seattle near Lake Washington and has always been drawn to water, nature and a beautiful environment. Art has always been her first love and she has pursued this throughout her life. A move to California in high school brought many changes. The sunny climate and light influenced her direction. She entered USC and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in design. She found work in illustration, advertising, and interior design prior to committing to watercolor once her family was a bit more grown. Workshops with Charles Reid and painting along the coast with Roger Armstrong reinforced her desire to paint loose and free. Oils followed and she found inspiration from many Laguna artist after moving to Dana Point.Artist Statement - I feel very blessed and privileged to live in the beautiful coastline area of California. I work in an impressionistic style and my aim is to capture and convey beauty in the everyday and ordinary. I am most fascinated by color and the effect of changing light on the subject. I hope to convey happiness and a bit of mystery to the viewer. I draw inspiration from my surroundings and our travels, mainly to Italy, Spain and Mexico.
 
Selected Recent Showings:
 
  • American Art Awards 2012, juried by a group of international gallery owners
  • Featured in Best of America Oil , Volume 111, 2011
  • "Just Plein Fun" Invitational - Balboa Island, 2006 - 2009
  • American Impressionist Society juried show, 2004 - 2009, Hilligoss Gallery, Chicago
  • Salon International 2007 juried show, 2007, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio
  • Broome St. Gallery juried show of Italy paintings, 2007
  • Southern California Plein Air Painters juried show, Mission San Juan Capistrano 
  • LPAPA Spring Juried Exhibition 2001-2004
  • SoCal PAPA Juried Exhibition, Summer 2001-2007
  • Featured Artist, Laguna North Gallery 2001-2007
  • Desert Plein Air Invitational, La Quinta 2003, 2004
  • Crystal Cove Invitational 2003, 2004
  • Huntington Library, Plein Air Invitational, 2004
  • San Clemente Plein Air Paint Out, 2003-2008
 
Awards & Recognition:
 
  • First place in the American Art Awards in the Impressionism, Human category - 2013
  • Second place in the American Art Awards in the Still Life category - 2013
  • Third place in the Impressionism Animal category - 2013
  • Second Place in American Art Awards in the 'Impressionism, Human' category, 2012
  • Second Place in American Art Awards in the 'Impressionism, Animal' category, 2012
  • Second Place in American Art Awards in the 'Floral, not Realistic' category, 2012
  • First Place in American Art Awards in the 'Floral, not Realistic' category, 2011
  • First Place in American Art Awards in Impressionism, Still Life category, 2011
  • San Clemente Art Society, First Place, Figurative Oil, Fall Juried Show
  • American Impressionist Society, Third place winner, Juried Show 2006
 
Featured in two International Artist Books in 2004:"100 Ways to Paint Flowers and Gardens" and "100 Ways to Paint Still Life and Florals".

 

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