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Patty Voje

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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


Oil Painters of America

Outdoor Painters of Minnesota

American Women Artists, Associate with Distinction


Wantoot Gallery, Mineral Point, Wisconsin


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



2017 Croixdale Center, Bayport, Minnesota - March 7th - June 11th

2017 Hudson Hospital , Hudson, Wisconsin - July 19th - October 1st

2017 Westfields Hospital, New Richmond, Wisconsin, October 11th - January 14th

2018 Artistry Gallery, Solo Show Bloomington, Minnesota

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


2016 Phipps Center for the Arts - National Parks Exhibition

2016 Artistry Gallery, Juried Member Show

2016 Juried Exhibit, Minnesota State Fair Fine Art Exhibit

2016 Solo Show - Farm Works at Frameworks, Frameworks Gallery, St. Paul, MN.
On display February 13 - April 1, 2016

2015 Juried Show - Minnesota State Fair Fine Art Exhibit

2015 Randy Higbee 6 Squared Show, CA

2003 Juried Show- The Minnesota State Fair Fine Art Exhibit

2003 Juried Exhibit - Four Corners and the Cathedral, St. Paul, MN