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Patricia Watwood

Artist Statement


Patricia Watwood is a leading figure in the contemporary figurative movement. Her subjects are primarily women and figures, and she incorporates mythic imagery and narrative to explore meaning and the human condition. Her work has been exhibited at the Beijing World Art Museum, The European Museum of Modern Art, The Butler Museum, and is in the collections of The St. Louis University Museum of Art, and The New Britain Museum of American Art. Her commissioned portraits hang in institutions such as St. Louis City Hall, Washington University, Kennedy School of Government, and The Harvard Art Museums. Watwood earned her MFA from New York Academy of Art, and studied with Jacob Collins as a founding member of the Water Street Atelier.

Watwood has produced instructional DVDs including “Creating Portraits from Life,” with Streamline Art Video, has been a professor of drawing at New York Academy of Art. She has created several online drawing courses, including “7 Days of Drawing,” with the creative streaming platform She has written articles for American Artist, American Arts Quarterly, and Fine Art Connoisseur magazines, and teaches painting in Brooklyn and in workshops around the country.