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Patricia Savage

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Patricia Savage

Patricia Savage in North Carolina.
Patricia Savage is a Raleigh, North Carolina-based artist whose watercolors have been so successful that they have been included in prestigious juried shows all over the United States. She knew she wanted to be an artist when she first started taking high school art classes, and she realized she had a talent for painting. She studied art in college as well, "but I stopped painting nature, because in art school you're expected to paint form and not nature." After college she worked in commercial art and design, but began painting natural scenes full time after she married.

She was commissioned by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna to produce several paintings of reptiles for a limited-edition book, Endangered Species of North America. Her work is reminiscent of Fuertes' drawings from the Harriman Alaska Expedition. "I believe that if nature art is to capture the essence of the animal and a place, it has to be accurate to the smallest details. The idea is to recreate the feeling of the world in a sharper vision, to pull your eye not only to the abstraction of colors and light and pattern but also to the wonders of living things."

Her advice to young artists is to "buy the very best materials you can afford, and then try your hand at it. You can look at books, they do have a place in learning to be an artist, but you won't really be an artist until you start working at it. And working with poor materials will be very frustrating."

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