Southern Art

Patrick left his Midwest roots to travel to south Louisiana in the 70's, pursuing an art degree at the University of Southwestern Louisiana in Lafayette. Now some thirty years later, he still makes Lafayette his home. From his very first glimpse of the water-inundated landscape, so different from the Ozark Mountains of Missouri, it was love at first sight.

It’s no surprise, therefore, that wide-open salt marshes, moss draped live oaks, and vast cypress swamps have made their way onto his canvasses.

Patrick creates his paintings in oils, working wet on wet. In many cases, he tries to finish the canvas in one sitting, using the brush to layer the thick paint, imbuing it with texture and light so one can almost “feel” the moss blowing gently on the gulf breeze and sense the warmth of the early morning sun through the twisting limbs. His landscape work has been the recipient of several awards and is found in many corporate and individual collections throughout the South.

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Oil of the well-known live oak The Lastrape's Oak at Dawn Oil on canvas of old tractor
Oil painting of live oak near Avery Island, LA Shrimp boat offloading catch at Delcambre, LA
Still life with copper bowl in oils Morning light rays through tree on plantation, St. Francisville, LA - oils
Oak tree on abandoned homestead in oils Oil of boy going fishing down road near the marshes of Grand Cheniere, LA
Panoramic oil of fishing fleet docked on the Intracoastal Canal Oil of logging road through cypress swamp
Oil of famous Pirate's Alley New Orleans, LA Oil of old man relaxing in The Napolean House New Orleans, LA
Backlit oak tree in morning Open marsh of south Louisiana in oils
Oil painting of foggy morning in Girard Park, Lafayette, LA Man fishing on shrimp boat wharf
Mule drawn wagon carrying cotton bales - oil on canvas Oil painting of backlit cypress trees
Oil on canvas of cows taking a siesta near Grand Chenier, LA Oil of a red barn on an August afternoon
Young boy swinging beneath an old Hackberry tree Oil painting of a drilling rig and rainstorm on the Gulf of Mexico
Field of yellow daisies in springtime Oil painting of old oak tree with Spanish moss Oil on canvas of cemetery in St. Francisville, LA Hanging ducks after a south Louisiana rice field hunt
Oil rig in storm in the Gulf of Mexico Painting of the King's River near Eureka Springs, AR Rope swing on Swan Creek in southern Missouri Old cedar stump in Arkansas Ozarks - oil
Painting of Miss Daisy a dog in the French Quarter, New Orleans, LA Oil of shrimp boat at safe harbor in Galveston, TX Shrimp boat at seafood warehouses in Delcambre, LA Oil of boy with bucket full of pecans

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