Senior Day Participant of the Month: August 2016

PatrickPatrick was born in the Bala Cynwyd area of Philadelphia. His very early years were spent on a farm in Bucks County where he befriended cats, lambs, helped his mother collect eggs and milk cows. When a military installation popped up in their backyard, the Arnold family moved to the Huntingdon Valley suburb where Patrick lived through high school. During college, he lived close by the city of Philadelphia and later in life spent many years in the Roxborough section of the city. Patrick studied photography and painting after high school and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He made hundreds of paintings and drawing throughout his life and taught at the Pennsylvania Academy of Art and a few other arts organizations in the area. Patrick was an avid painter of landscapes and still lifes–or interiors and table top paintings, as he called them. In his adult life Patrick was a runner, bicycle rider and bicycle mechanic. He also renovated more than 14 old houses, made furniture, was a great cook, and enjoyed back packing. Patrick has no children, but has three nephews. Patrick had many things in life to be proud of, but perhaps he is most proud of his relationship to art. He devoted his life to painting. In speaking about his work Patrick has said “Painting is process. It is a game of color relationships. Surprising myself is the only rule of play. Getting inside the painting is the goal. The real work in painting is letting go of expectations and allowing the experience to be paint-driven.” He also remarked that “Painting is the scariest thing I can do without hurting myself.” Patrick’s work has been seen in numerous exhibitions in the Philadelphia area and has been collected by many including the Woodmere Museum of Art. Additionally, Patrick was well known and liked as an art teacher who could really connect with his students and help them to achieve vision and skills in painting.