“I believe that art is the act of creation. The result, whether it is a painting, sculpture, photograph etc., is simply a record of the creation experience. My approach is to free myself from preconceived visual beliefs and interpret the world directly before me. In so doing, I rediscover the colors, textures and values of everyday life that we otherwise take for granted. This is what drives me to paint and what I encourage in my students. My art is the product of diligence in practice. I do not believe in talent. I believe that all of us have the potential to create art, if we choose to dedicate ourselves to the pursuit.”
Patrick Saunders is an award-winning representational artist who travels the globe creating fine art, teaching painting workshops, and judging painting competitions. Throughout his career, Patrick has been recognized for outstanding work, earning awards from the International Academy of the Visual Arts, the Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, and Oil Painters of America. He was first featured by Southwest Art Magazine in 2000, as one of their 21 Artists to Watch Under 31. Patrick has twice been the cover artist for and featured in Southwest Art , in September 2018 and in December 2020. He received a gold medal from the Oil Painters of America in 2020.
Patrick is a signature member of the Portrait Society of America and the Oil Painters of America. He is currently represented by multiple galleries nationwide, including Galerie Kornye West in Texas.
Patrick Saunders' cover art for the December 2020 issue of Southwest Art Magazine
Patrick Saunders win Gold Medal from the Oil Painters of America for "Dama De Rojo"
Patrick Saunders' cover art and feature article for the September 2019 issue of Southwest Art Magazine
Patrick Saunders - "Amor a la Vida" • Oil on Linen • 48"x38" • Private Collection
Patrick Saunders - "Of Earth And Sky" • Oil on Linen • 30"x60" • Private Collection
Patrick Saunders - "Awaiting" • Oil on Linen • 24"x30" • Private Collection
Patrick Saunders - "Kobe" • Oil on Linen • 12"x16" • Private Collection
Patrick Saunders - "Tapestry" • Oil on Linen • 12"x16" • Private Collection
Artist Style: Teaching Artist/Instructor: Group Instruction, Guest Speaker, Instruction for Adults, Multi-Day Artist Residency, Workshop Presenter; Visual Art: Contemporary, Figurative, Illustrative, Impressionistic, Landscape/Cityscape, Portraiture, Realism, Representational, Still Life
Artist Medium: Acrylic; Oil; Watercolor