Watercolors . . .

. . . by  Patricia Flynn





Patricia Flynn, the artist


Artist Profile


I enjoy the pursuit of watercolor painting, especially the use of color and detail in subjects of nature; I also enjoy trying to capture human nature in paintings of children and adults.  I have experimented with a series of Native American paintings, which have been popular.  I have also created a "sampler series" of florals which are somewhat different from the ordinary floral presentation.  Another style of painting that I enjoy is "imargination"--a style wherein I leave a small margin of white paper around sections of color.  Lately, I have been developing a series of succulent paintings, based on the flora of the Southwest.

Background: I have a B.A. degree in sociology from Northwestern University and an M.A. degree in Guidance & Counseling from Northeastern Illinois University.  I was involved in education in Glenview, IL and Bangor, MI for 27 years, until retirement in 1998.  Art activities have always been important to me, and I've spent years working in needlepoint, knitting, crewel work, and the design of note cards and  Christmas cards.  My watercolor experience began with a class at Evergreen Commons Senior Center, and I enjoy networking with other watercolor artists.  I am a member of Holland Friends of Art, the Holland Area Arts Council, the Muskegon Museum of Art, the Michigan Water Color Society, and am a sustaining member of the American Watercolor Society.  I take advantage of watercolor classes and workshops when I have the opportunity.

Local Activities: I belong to the Woman's Literary Club in Holland, MI; am a member of Chapter DF, P.E.O. Sisterhood; enjoy daily swimming at the Holland Aquatic Center; volunteer for Hospice of Holland, Inc.; and enjoy golf, needlepoint, and reading.  My husband is retired, and actively helps me with my website. We have one son and daughter-in-law living in Chandler, Arizona, with our  granddaughter Maya and grandson Charlie.  

One Woman Art Shows:

South Haven Memorial Library  - 2001

Evergreen Commons, Holland, MI -  2001

Holland Community Hospital  - 2001, 2002

Freedom Village, Holland, MI  - 2001, 2005

The Coffee Gallery, Spring Lake, MI - 2003

Primary Colors Gallery, South Haven, MI - 2003

Great Lakes Home Furnishings, Holland, MI - 2005

Midnight Gallery, Holland, MI - 2007

Watercolor Exhibits:

"Splash 10" exhibit at Gallery Uptown, Grand Haven, MI 2009

Grand Rapids offices of West Michigan Strategic Alliance, 2008

Main Street Gallery exhibit, Holland Area Arts Council, 2007

Button Gallery, Douglas, MI - 2002, 2003     

Holiday Art Exhibit, Holland Area Arts Council -  2001, 2002

Friends of Art Holiday exhibit, Holland Community Hospital - 2001- 2003

Invitational Show, Holland Area Arts council -  2000

Evergreen Commons, Holland -  2000, 2003

Tulip Time, Holland Friends of Art - 2000-2010  

"Botanical Women" at Gainey Gallery, Van Singel Arts Center, Byron Center, MI - 2004

Juried Competitions:

MI Arts Competition, Holland Area Arts Council, 2013

AWA (Arizona Watercolor Assoc.) National Watercolor Exhibition, 2005, 2010

Muskegon Museum of Art 81st Regional Competition,2009

Muskegon Museum of Art 79th Regional Competition,2007

Muskegon Museum of Art 77th Regional Competition, 2005

Lakeshore Fine Arts, Loutit Library, Grand Haven, 2009

Michigan Water Color Society annual exhibit, 2004, 2008 - 2013

Holland Friends of Art Juried Fine Arts Show, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2006-2010

Winter Festival, Gallery Uptown, Grand Haven, MI - 2003, 2004, 2007-2009, 2011-13

Celebration Art Show, First United Methodist Church, Grand Rapids -  2001- 2003, 2005 - 2006

"Icons of Christianity", Holland Arts council -  2001

Art in the Garden, Muskegon, MI -  1999, 2000


"First Snow" as the cover, Nov/Dec, 2000 issue of the P.E.O.Record

Donations of artwork to fund-raising auctions for Holland Area Arts Council, Evergreen Commons Senior Center, Hospice House, Holland Rescue Mission, Ox-Bow Art Center (Saugatuck), Resthaven Home Care, Habitat for Humanity, Holland Community Hospital, Women in Transition, Zeeland Community Hospital, Muskegon Museum of Art

Reproductions of eleven watercolors published in the Hospice of Holland, Inc. cookbook, Hugs from the Kitchen, published 2001

Design of Christmas cards for Hospice of Holland, Inc. 1999-2004

Design of Adirondack Chair for Project "Take a Seat", Holland Area Arts Council - 2003

Design of Banner for "ReMastered" project, Holland Area Arts Council - 2006 and 2007

Mermaid paintings for The Shaker Messenger Gallery - July, 2006

Sunflower paintings for The Shaker Messenger Gallery - August, 2009

Design of Poster for Holland Friends of Art "Art in the Park", 2007 

Design and decoration of child's rocker for "Chair-ity" event for Children's Advocacy Center, 2008

Inclusion in Judy Bowman Anthrop's book, A Portrait of Ox-Bow. 2009

Publication of A Watercolor Journey, 2009

Inclusion in The Best of Watermedia Artists, Kennedy Publishing, 2010

Inclusion in the Artistic Touch 5, North Light Books, 2012

"Tulips with a Twist" chosen for Top Twenty, Art in Bloom, 2011


Copyright (C) 2001-2014

 by Patricia Flynn


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