Patty Hughes

I am a retired educator who has been drawing and painting for about eighteen years. For the most part I am a self-taught artist and I have benefited from many workshops with outstanding instructors including Don Andrews, Mary Todd Beam, Carla O’Connor, Frank Francese, Judi Betts, Nita Leland, and John Salminen.


I have received numerous awards for my work.  I work mostly in watercolor, acrylic and mixed media and enjoy creating abstract and non-objective pieces.


Since I started painting late in life, I was not sure of my purpose, but felt the strong pull to discover what I was meant to create.  What a journey it has been and continues to be!  Much of my work concentrates on intuitive painting, discovering where I am going in a painting as I travel through the process. Some of my work is deliberate, perhaps a mixed media piece of an incredible mountain scene or an abstract representation of a raptor in flight. My love of nature and my surroundings is evident in my plein air pieces along with my work done in my studio.


I am so drawn to the process of visual art and hope that my work evokes emotion when the resulting product is revealed. I love to share the gift I have been given with others!

Nest Eggs
High Elevation
Ode to Joy
Comfort Zone
Out of the Depths
Transit Zone
Wide Open
Living on the Edge
What Lies Ahead
The Awakening
Walk on the Wild Side
The Hood
The Human Spirit