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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 paint in the alla prima style. I am not the most patient person and can get easily bored with detail. I prefer a painterly approach: large brushes loaded with paint that is sloppily yet thoughtfully laid down. And therein lies the challenge of painting and why I'm driven to paint in the first place. The fun part is trying to capture the humor on a cow's face or the sense of day in as few brush strokes as possible.

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


Oil Painters of America

Outdoor Painters of Minnesota

American Women Artists, Associate with Distinction


Wantoot Gallery, Mineral Point, Wisconsin

Blue Awning Gallery, Port Washington, WI


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, Annual Member Show, 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, Saint Paul, Minnesota

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

Upcoming Exhibits:

2018 | August 8 - September 23 | Artistry Gallery, Solo Show Bloomington, Minnesota

2019 | May 10th - June 16th | Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, Wisconsin