"Small acts and gestures seem to build upon one another to make up the meaning of human experience. Making paintings through a process of arranging and layering materials, color, and textures is a way to dialogue with my time and place. Informed by zen, memory, ideas, nature, and the senses -- these discoveries are often a play between action and stillness, objects for contemplation."
Pat Pendleton grew up in Tonawanda, New York. She studied art at SUNY Oswego (BA in Art) and went on to pursue ceramics and textile work while residing in San Francisco before relocating to Manhattan at the end of the 1970s where she was immersed in the New York art world. Surrounded by the 1980s neo-expressionist painting and Pictures Generation photo-based art of Soho, and rising alternative East Village galleries of her neighborhood, she began painting and participating in group shows. Pat left New York in the early 1990s to attend Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, where she received a Masters degree in Counseling and Art Therapy) and worked in healthcare in Denver. She exhibited works in the growing alternative Denver art scene before returning to Buffalo in 2005. She continues an interest in the healing aspects of expressive painting and maintains her painting studio at Artspace Buffalo Lofts. Dedicated to both art and writing, she has facilitated memoir writing groups and published online content, including reviews of local art exhibitions that have appeared in Artvoice and The Public. She publishes essays on Medium and creates art books at Blurb.