Patti’s art is filled with life stories crafted as a young child traveling to distant lands with her military family. As a child she was often found with a pencil and paper in hand sketching what crossed her path. Upon high school graduation, she was awarded a scholarship to the Chicago Institute of Art. However, life’s events lead her to pursue a career in Information Technology at the University of Arizona, putting her at the fore front of medical technology. Upon retirement from her career, she dove into her art with a speed and determination that would take most artists an entire lifetime.
Patti was inspired by the American West; its horses, sportsmen/women and its striking scenery. She used a loose, swift representational style, where vivid color and powerful brushstrokes capture the energy, emotion and movement of her subjects. She often used a variety of materials in addition to paint, including graphite, pastel, and colored pencil.
In 2014, Redding was awarded the NCAA Honoring Academic and Athletic Excellence Award for painting from the National Art Museum of Sport. The winning piece was later acquired by the NCAA for their collection in Indianapolis. In 2013, Redding’s artwork was exhibited at the Tucson International Airport in a yearlong solo engagement highlighting 18 paintings and prints depicting 10 different sports. Redding exhibits throughout the US in juried competitions. She has been exhibiting since 2011.
Though her life was too short, her legacy will continue. An artist and Renaissance woman who saw life with wonderment… its triumphs of joy, and it’s conquests of trials and tribulations. This is Patti Redding’s Story.