Patricia Munson Gravett

One of my paintings is part of the Spencertown Academy’s

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“I grew up in rural Maryland and helped in my parents’ large vegetable garden and with my mother’s August and September ‘canning frenzy’ of peaches, pears and spiced apples. Perhaps because of this I came to an early love of the garden’s harvest. As it is with painting people, there is endless variety and challenge in dealing with the forms ... especially the classic pear. The timeless tranquility of the Dutch and Italian still life tradition is one I feel very much at home with.

When my husband and I moved to Columbia County many years ago, I was amazed by the quality of the light the Hudson River Valley is famous for, surrounded by orchards and farmland. That light inspired me to capture these beautiful landscapes on canvas. The Hudson River School of painting began right here with Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, John Frederick Kensett & Sanford Gifford. Seeing their work encouraged me to learn from them and continue to capture this land’s unique, light-filled landscapes — from the Berkshire, Taconic and Catskill ranges — where there is so much to stimulate and enthrall me.

I treasure the natural beauty of this special region, with its ongoing history of farmland and the open fields that are an integral part of them and, of course, the mountains, showered with light.

I hope that my paintings will act as touchstones to bring an element of peace, beauty and the affirmation of nature into people’s lives.”

Patricia received a BFA from the University of Maryland. In New York City, she studied with Ray Goodbred and Robert Beverly Hale at the Art Students League, attended the National Academy of Design, and taught ceramics at Marymount Manhattan College. Local exhibitions of her work include The Spencertown Academy (2000–2021) and The Old Chatham Country Store (2008 & 2011).

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