My art practice of making things using painting, collage, textiles, wood, and photography arises from an enjoyment of materials and engagement with communication of the inexpressible--an process of improvisation.
Influenced by an interest in Zen and informed by memory, nature, and the senses, my approach is a process of discovering more about "this" (what is here now) in an improvisation with texture, form, and color through layering--adding and subtracting elements. The common thread through all my work is a play between action and stillness--the gap between the two (Pat Pendleton).
Pat Pendleton is native to Western New York. She studied art at SUNY Oswego (BA in Art) and Naropa University (MA in Art Therapy). A resident of San Francisco, New York, and Denver (1974-2004) before returning to Buffalo--she has exhibited her artwork in each of these locations.
A participant in numerous group shows at Buffalo galleries (CG Jung Center Gallery, Hallwalls, College Street Gallery, Big Orbit, and others), her work was featured in a solo survey exhibition at Artspace Buffalo Gallery, "Curious Evidence: Mixed Media Work by Pat Pendleton 1982-2012." Most recently, she exhibited in 2017 again at Artspace Buffalo Gallery, "The Future of Something: Recent Painting by Pat Pendleton and J. Tim Raymond."
A trained art therapist, she maintains an interest in the healing aspects of expression. Dedicated to both an art and writing practice, she facilitates writing groups and her reviews of local art exhibitions have been published in Artvoice, and The Public. Several of her book creations are featured in the bookstore at blurb.com.