MARTINEZ, Calif. – Studio and plein air artist Patsy Taylor is the featured artist this month at Main Street Arts Gallery. Joining her paintings will be those of her students, past and present.
The show opens Wednesday, and a wine and appetizer reception will take place at 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the gallery.
Taylor, who earned a master degree in fine arts from the Academy of Art, University of San Francisco, has been a painter for the past decade while she also has been teaching in public schools, community programs and privately.
As a teacher, Taylor has said, she is a firm believer in establishing foundations; from there she encourages creativity to flow. With this is mind, she said, she teaches with the focus of individual development and exploration.
As an artist, she often focuses on landscapes, but paints other subjects as well. She said she continues to strive to express the space between abstract and realism that allows the viewer to share in her love of the natural world.
That love of nature and the outdoors began during her childhood, spent in the Pasadena hills of Southern California.
Her paintings are in private, local and international collections, and she exhibits locally in the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout Northern California.
The Main Street Arts show is called “Mashup,” slang for a creative combination and mixing of content from a variety of sources.
The gallery, at 613 Main St., is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays.