William Patterson was born in Albany, New York in 1941. He earned degrees at the Hartford Art School, where he also taught for a number of years, and at Syracuse University; he also spent several years at the American Academy in Rome. His work has been exhibited in fifteen solo exhibitions, has been displayed in many invitational group shows, and is included in more than fifty public and private collections. Mr. Patterson is now a professor at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst; he lives in historic Deerfield.
The first time I saw the paintings of William Patterson, I immediately fell in love with them. His attention to detail is extraordinary. Every leaf and blade of grass is depicted in his Italian landscapes, be they large-scale paintings or smaller studies executed out-of-doors on site. William's still-life paintings capture those precious, fleeting, and quietly beautiful moments of everyday life. As the artist says, "It is not possible for me to merely pass by these small but profound moments. They represent visually sensual pleasures to which I must respond with a prayerful thank you, and then explore through drawing. By adding colors and rendering tones, I hope to give permanence to the ‘little moments’ that C.S. Lewis refers to as ‘moments of joy.'" --Sherry French
This exhibition is made possible through the courtesy of the Sherry French Gallery, New York, New York.
Dodd Research Center, West Corridor
March 25 - May 25, 2001
Opening Reception: Sunday, April 1, 2-4pm
Curator: Roger Crossgrove