A native of Montana, Pat received her BA in Applied Art from Montana State University, Bozeman, which included studies abroad at Le Instituto Francese in Florence, Italy, and The Academy Of Art in Eindhoven, Holland. Her professional experience includes work as an illustrator, curator and gallery chairwoman, art teacher, juror, guest artist, demonstrator, mural painter, volunteer with community arts programs and as an art docent for the public school system. She continues to study with nationally known artists whose work she admires.
A working artist for over 30 years, she is presently working in her studio and “en plein air”. With an extensive exhibition history, her work has earned her over 40 awards, among them Best of Show at a Northwest Pastel Society International Exhibit and chosen as one of the Pastel Journal Magazine’s 100 Competition Winners out of 2500 entries, featured in the April 2014 issue. Recently she has shown in the Pastel Society of America Exhibit in NY, Western Masters and National Icons of the West in MT, Tacoma Art Museum, WA State History Museum, Harbor History Museum, The American Art Company and in numerous galleries throughout the Northwest.
For many years, her focus was on drawing from the figure in black and white. Colored pencil, oil pastel and watercolor followed. Later, she experimented with various printmaking techniques: embossing, etching, monoprinting, collage, etc., which grew into a mixed media experience.
Living here with her family since 1982, she has been influenced by the profound beauty of the islands and inlands of the Pacific Northwest.
The water, an ever-changing landscape with its dreamy nuances of light has become a frequent subject. This emerging interest in the landscape prompted a return to a more painterly approach where she found pastel to be a wonderful link between drawing and painting. The pastels’ ability to maintain the integrity of individual strokes, combined with the liveliness of their colors, foster a passionate poetic language. “It intrigues me how light elevates a commonplace landscape to an extraordinary one. I strive for my paintings to be a lyrical account of that unique fleeting moment in time. My intent is simply to convey an emotional and intuitive response to the mystery and serenity of the landscape in light and shadow. Hopefully, I compel the viewers to interpret my work from their own rich pool of memories, impressions and experiences, and in a little different way each time they encounter it.”
Pat has been featured in a number of publications: “Master Pastel Artists of the World/US Showcase “ Pastel Artist International Magazine May/June 2002, a solo article “Patricia Meras, Painting Dreamy Landscapes” Pastel Journal Magazine July/Aug 2002, An Enduring Legacy, Women Painters of Washington 1930-2005, Washington En Plein Air Volumes I, II, III & IV, Best Of America Pastel Artists Volume II 2009 Kennedy Publishing, Celebrate The Key Peninsula 2009, in the Daniel Smith Reference Catalog 2005-06, Art Access Magazine Jul-Sept 2010 & Jul-Sept 2011, and Montana Sketchbook published by Montana Institute of the Arts 1989.
With signature status in both the Pastel Society of America and the Northwest Pastel Society, she is also a member of Peninsula Art League, Plein Air Painters of WA, and an elected member of Women Painters of WA. Gallery representation includes American Art Company in Tacoma, WA, Dana Gallery in Missoula, MT and Sidney Gallery in Port Orchard, WA. Print On Demand Limited Editions and Fine Art Reproductions of some of her paintings are produced and distributed worldwide by Grand Image of Seattle. Her paintings are included in the public collections of Swedish Hospital in Issaquah, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Care Alliance in Seattle, Tacoma Public Library, Peninsula Public Library in Gig Harbor, McFarland Cascade Pole Co. in Fife, WA, Ursaline Academy in Great Falls, MT, Havre Public Library, MT and William Beaumont Hospital Troy, MI.