Patricia Cummins

“My goal as an artist is to arrest nature’s motion, involving viewers as deeply as I can. As I make my artwork, I leave behind traces of feelings associated with my experience of each scene; sharing my vision of beauty and grace expressed through color and form.

The experiences of life that I find to be of greatest value are those that rest in the basic and seemingly simplistic. Garden fragrances, nature’s color and form, all outweigh for me the more contrived and materialistic of our life today. I paint the landscapes, the feelings and the experiences that they create for me; the perceptions and sensations that collect as a result of a day at the shore, or under the shade of a live oak, or during weeks spent serving a residency at a National Park. If these sensations communicate with the viewer through my work, their connection and purpose are complete.”

Born in New York, Patricia Rottino Cummins completed her undergraduate studies at City University of New York. Upon graduation she relocated to Miami, Florida, intrigued by its color and light. Her graduate and post graduate studies continued at Florida International University. She has taught art for thirty-six years at Miami-Dade Public Schools, and was an adjunct professor at Barry University, Florida. Over the years she has been selected to serve painting residencies at eleven United States National Park Artist-in-Residence programs. She has studied art and has painted “en plein air” in Italy, France, China and Central America. In 2006 she was awarded a grant from the National Education Association Foundation to study art education in China. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibitions throughout the United States.

View from the Walkway at Kenilworth was painted “en plein air” with the artist’s life-long friend and artist Pearl Lau. Almost forty years after meeting in college, they shared a painting residency at Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens, in Washington D.C. A beautiful day at an inspiring location and an opportunity to paint together once again was felt with each brushstroke of this painting