Watch as featured artist Patricia Rhoden Bartels tells her story.
For Patricia Rhoden (Bartels), painting has been her obsession and passion spanning over 50 years. She began seriously painting in college while earning her MFA in painting and sculpture. Trying to constantly challenge and reinvent herself, she frequently takes breaks from her norm to go in a new direction or form of expression.
Patricia’s evolution is fired by her philosophy that each painting is another learning, educational experience. Best known for her gold and silver leaf florals, she was inspired by her travels to Europe and Africa where leafing is commonly found in Mosques and Cathedrals. Her landscapes cannot be forgotten; as they have won many prizes in regional and national competitions as well as her florals.
Patricia’s paintings are part of numerous museum and private permanent collections including Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Indiana State Museum, Evansville Museum, Eli Lilly Collection, and the Kelley School of Business Collection at IU. Patricia’s political; Anti War painting series, The Madonna of Kosovo is a part of the permanent collection at the Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham, Alabama.
Patricia proclaims, I am married with two grown sons and five grand children that fill my life with joy but, painting is my voice and through it, I can express who I really am.