The heart and focus of my art is to capture the essence of beautiful places and things and to express them in a beautiful, elegant way. Whether painting in watercolor or oil, my emphasis is the same: to create a soft, impressionistic feeling that draws viewers in. I select subjects—classic still life, elegant flowers and romantic landscapes-- that excite and inspire me to create a work of art--an illusion of light and depth, done in luminous, rich color with expressive painterly brushwork. I often include man-made objects or architectural elements as an intentional contrast to the flow and rhythm of the more predominant softer, natural shapes.
For me, the process of creating a painting is magical. I like to work with a direct alla prima approach in response to my observations and impressions of the subject and the setting. But, as an artist, knowing how to place the right shapes, colors, values and edges of paint allows me to go further, to create an illusion of these real three-dimensional objects or scenes on a two-dimensional surface, and in doing so, evoke in the viewer a mood, an emotion or a sense of place or time, and, most of all, an awareness and appreciation of beauty.
My goal is to create art that instills joy and uplifts spirits through the timeless beauty of art and nature.
About the Artist
Pat Fiorello is a professional artist and experienced, popular art instructor known for her impressionistic landscapes and floral paintings in oil and watercolor.
Inspired to make the expression of beauty a higher priority in her life, in 2002, she left a successful 20-year career as a Marketing Vice President with major corporations including The Coca-Cola Company, and made a dramatic life change to become a full-time artist. “I was driven by a desire to create beautiful things,” she says. “Through my painting and teaching others how to paint, I hope to inspire in people a deeper awareness and appreciation of the beauty around us and share the joy of painting.”
Pat’s Italian family name “Fiorello” means “one who lives near a wall of flowers,” so she seemed destined to have a passion for the romantic landscapes and elegant flowers that she captures in her paintings. Based in Atlanta, she teaches classes and leads workshops in the United States, the Caribbean and Europe, especially, France and Italy.
Pat has studied with noted artists Robert Johnson, Hedi Moran, Betty Carr, Mel Stabin and Charles Reid. A Signature Member of the Georgia Watercolor Society, she has served as president of the organization. She is a member of Oil Painters of America and has been Chairman of the Atlanta Artists Center. Pat’s paintings have been in over 70-juried shows and more than a dozen one-woman exhibits, including being the featured artist at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia and Callaway Gardens. Her work has been licensed for greeting cards and home décor products and appeared in the book Splash 11, The Best of Watercolor, published by North Light Books. Pat’s paintings hang in numerous private collections across the country and she is represented by Frameworks Gallery in Atlanta, Burton Gallery in Clarkesville, Georgia and Spencer Gallery in Charleston, South Carolina.
Pat Fiorello's artwork is represented by the following Fine Art Galleries :
The Spencer Gallery
The Swan Coach House
Atlanta, GA 30342