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Born in Pasadena, California in 1948, Patrick Woodman was raised in the San
Francisco Bay area. Mr. Woodman began painting at the age of five. “My
father and I were on an outing at Lake Merritt when I observed a woman
painting the multi-colored hulls of overturned boats at the lake’s marina.
That afternoon, on our way home, I announced to my father that I had decided
to be an artist.”
Mr. Woodman began exhibiting his work in galleries when he was twelve.
Maintaining paintings in three galleries in San Francisco during the
Sixties, his clients were primarily Californians, with his works in
collections running the length of the state. In the Seventies, after a trip
to Europe where he studied, painted and sold works to collectors in Paris
and Athens. Upon his return to the United States he moved his studio to
Dallas, Texas. It was while painting in Dallas that Mr. Woodman’s work was
recognized and hung in such collections as Frito Lay Corporation, Sun Tex
Oil Corporation, the H. Bass Collection, Inwood Bank of Dallas, and the B.
B. Barnett Collection, to mention but a few. At the time, Mr. Woodman’s
repertoire consisted of landscapes, still lifes, seascapes and some figure
In 1981, Mr. Woodman moved to the southwestern art colony of Taos, New
Mexico, where he maintained a home and studio with another artist. Here,
under the crisp blue light of Taos and surrounded by the wide open spaces of
the American West, Mr. Woodman’s list of subjects grew to include paintings
of the Monument Valley, the Tetons, Zion and Yosemite. He also painted
local subjects, including adobe walls and gates with hollyhocks, the daily
life of the Tewa Indians of Taos Pueblo and the Hopi Indians of Third Mesa,
fiery night scenes of mystic rituals and the subdued beauty of the Pueblo
night. In 1988, Mr. Woodman moved to the quiet solitude of the coastal
mountains of California near Santa Cruz. His subjects now include poetic
depictions of the blooming spring wildflowers along the coast Monterey and
the foothills of Carmel Valley.