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As Edward Hopper famously said, "what I wanted to do was to paint sunlight on the side of a house." I often feel like this about farm animals. Nothing makes me happier than stumbling upon a well-lit cow in a field. I grew up on a small hobby farm where I had the good fortune to include pigs, sheep, and the occasional chicken as members of the family. I have always been fascinated by animals. Perhaps I understand them better than humans or maybe I just find them easier to get along with. Now I find myself a city dweller that spends weekends driving through the countryside to search for the little farms of my youth--scenes that are getting harder and harder to catch a glimpse of, which may be why they figure prominently in my art.

I live and paint in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Commissions accepted. See more of my work at pattyvoje.com.

Memberships:
Oil Painters of America
Outdoor Painters of Minnesota
American Women Artists, Associate with Distinction

Galleries:
Wantoot Gallery, Mineral Point, Wisconsin

Awards:
2021 Second Place - Paint the Point Plein Air, Quick Paint
2018 First Place - Boulder Plein Air Competition
2018 Honorable Mention, Quick Paint - Boulder Plein Air Competition
2017 People's Choice Award - Banfill Locke Center for the Arts, Member Show
2017 Award of Distinction - Banfill Locke Center for the Arts, Member Show
2017 Honorable Mention - Artistry Gallery, Juried Member Exhibit
2017 Honorable Mention - Minnesota State Fair, Juried Fine Art Competition
2017 The Ron Merchant Award of Excellence - Minnesota State Fair, Juried Fine Art Competition
2017 Judge's Choice - Wyoming Art Center, Juried Member exhibition
2017 Merit Award - American Women Artists Spring Show, "Closing Time"
2017 Third Place - DailyPaintworks, Monthly Competition
2017 Honorable Mention Quick Paint - Bucks County Plein Air Competition, Bucks Country, PA
2016 Best in Show - Paint the Point Plein Air Competition, Mineral Point, Wisconsin
2016 First Place, Judges Choice - Wyoming Center for the Arts, Wyoming, Minnesota
2016 Award of Distinction - Banfill Locke Center for the Arts, Member Show
2016 Honorable Mention - Artistry Gallery, Bloomington, Minnesota
2016 Minnesota State Fair Fine Art Exhibit - Banfill Locke Center for the Arts Fine Art Award
2016 American Women Artists Spring online Juried Show
2016 Honorable Mention - Banfill Locke Center for the Arts, Fridley, Minnesota

2016 First Place - Daily Paintworks January Competition