California Artist, Patricia Valentine, was born in San Jose California in 1967. She has studied art throughout her life. She began taking classes in watercolors and ceramics in the summer of 1978. The art classes were given by the Cultural Art Center in Pleasanton California. As a youth from 1979 to 1982 at Harvest Park Middle School she participated in ceramics, drawing, and painting classes. November of 1982 to May of 1985, Patricia studied ceramics with a private instructor, Judy Canazarro. This was a real turning point for her in that Judy taught her realistic painting techniques applied to ceramic molds. The instructor would emphasize making the art come alive just by painting the eyes with a special technique.
Drawing, painting, two dimensional art, and three dimensional art were classes that Patricia excelled in at Amador Valley High School. In May of 1986, she received a Golden Key Award and an Honorable Mention Award from the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California.
In April of 1987, one of Patricia's ink illustrations was selected and published in the Chabot College literary magazine, Writers Write. It was a short story about John F. Kennedy titled “Heroes Die, Too” by Susan Straight. Writers Write was a college magazine made up of a series of short stories written by the students. Spring of 1988, Patricia competed for the Jack Ward Memorial Scholarship at Chabot College and won. Summer of 1989, Patricia attended the Academy of Arts in San Francisco excelling in figure composition and pencil drawing. In 1990, Patricia transferred to Humboldt State University where she studied visual communications.
The year of 1995 was another turning point for Patricia as she began drawing in colored pencil. She combined her special technique she learned from Judy Canazarro with colored pencil and created her famous “frogs”. The technique morphed to all different animals including sheep, rabbits, cats, dogs, ducks, and even extinct dinosaurs. Patricia fell in love and married her best friend Patrick Valentine in November 2002. Her first exhibit was displayed at the SEIMENS Medical Systems company gallery in Concord, California in 2003. In 2005, Patricia gave birth to her beautiful daughter, Jenifer, and took some time off to care for her.
Patricia's realistic yet cartoon animals were such a big hit at SEIMENS Art Gallery that she decided to submit her artwork to the San Ramon Community Center. They exhibited her pictures in Alcosta Senior Center Gallery in October 2015. It was such a success that they wanted Patricia to display her art in the Dougherty Station Gallery during the months of November and December 2016. It was even more successful as she sold three of her favorite pictures. October 2017 and July 2018 Patricia exhibited her art work at the Alcosta Senior Center in San Ramon. Patricia was then chosen to artistically paint the utility box, Creative Conservation , near Home Depot in San Ramon. She did this during the months of June and July 2019. During the months of November through December 2019 she displayed her art exhibit at the Dougherty Station Gallery.
Patricia continues to create art and is open to new opportunities.
- Valentine Art