We had the good fortune of connecting with Patti Vincent and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Patti, what habits do you feel play an important role in your life?
Drawing daily, drawing and painting from life, and frequent plein air painting are the habits that have helped me succeed as an artist. Nothing beats putting in the miles.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
One thing that sets me apart, I started out as an Army Nurse. But quickly chose the life of an Air Force wife. That led me to earning a BFA in my forties. Needless to say, all most all of my art school classmates were in their late teens. I was so very nervous my first day of class. But, in my very first class, Photo 1, my young classmates sat beside me and talked to me. I think they were just as nervous. We ended up being great friends. The Photo 1 teacher was a little older than me and helped set an even tone to calm my nerves. After that, I loved art school. So much so that I only missed one class and that was due to weather. I am extremely proud of graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Art, Summa Cum Laude! Especially if you saw my nursing degree GPA. Along the way, I learned that drawing from life is the foundation of art. It teaches you to see like an artist. Drawing and painting are my daily habits. They help me capture Colorful Colorado in gouache, oil, and ink.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Colorado has so much to offer all year round but I invite my best friend to visit the fourth weekend in September. That way she can enjoy the annual Salida Studio Tour. She’ll get to visit artists at work and peak inside their unique studio spaces. Many of which are well over 100 years old. After 2 days of touring art studios, we’d jump in the Jeep (mountain bikes on back) and head towards Alma. Once there, we’d eat lunch at Otto’s food truck because it is the best! Then we’d ride the trails through the aspen trees. The rest of the week would consist of hiking and biking. With plenty of down time sitting along the banks of the Arkansas River.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My shoutout goes out to my husband. He encouraged me to apply to art school and supported me all the way. He’s my go to guy for all things technical. My studio delights thanks to his woodworking skills. His workshop has produced everything from hundreds of panels for me to paint on, to easels, frames, and so much more. Thank you!