Patricia Mills was raised in the austere, windblown beauty of the Midwest, where the color of the sun as it grazed the wheat fields first began to fascinate her. By the age of five, she was drawing interiors; by twelve, she was experimenting with watercolors, her skill gradually developing in sync with the never-ending change of seasons.
She received her BFA in Fine Arts from the University of New Mexico, where she began experimenting with Modernism. Additionally, she spent time in France, leaning the intricacies of Impressionism. She received her Masters in Art Studio at California State University, Sacramento. Her final thesis and exhibition was drawn from memories of the doorways in her great-grandmother’s farmhouse on the Kansas prairie.
Patricia Mills has a working studio in Fair Oaks, California, where she teaches and mentors other artists. She has exhibited her work in joint and solo exhibitions, and many private collectors have acquired her paintings. She has won numerous awards in a variety of mediums, including oils, watercolors, and acrylics. Patricia’s recent series, entitled “Catching Shadows,” was exhibited in 2016 at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS and at the University of Nevada, Reno. This series is based on Edward Curtis’ photographs of Native people in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.
Patricia’s epic painting “I Am Your Chief” (a painting/record of the Modoc wars in Northern California) won best painting at the California State Fair and was recently acquired by the University of Nevada, Reno.