Pat Dunbar

Pat is a native of California and currently lives in the southeast Arizona where she is steeped in the native cultures and the flora and fauna of the Sonoran desert region.  After retirement in 1995, and then traveling in their RV for eight years, Pat and her husband Jerry put down roots in this magical area.

The years of travel and the years of living in the San Joaquin Valley in central California made her appreciate the special beauty of flowers, which have become her specialty and what she is best known for.  Right now she is concentrating on cactus blossoms.  Every spring the desert comes alive with colorful beauty that she feels one should see personally to appreciate.   She is in her glory with her camera capturing the spectacular spring-time cactus blossoms for painting reference.

By combining soft and hard edges, wet-in-wet and dry brush techniques, vibrant color, along with intimate blossom views, Pat creates powerful, one-of-a-kind near three-dimensional paintings.  People don’t usually relate bold, hard-edged, detailed paintings with watercolor, but Pat loves to “push the envelope” when it comes to her paintings.

Some of Pat’s local awards include Best of Show at the Tombstone Association of the Arts Annual Show, twice accepted into the prestigious Tubac Center of the Arts Aqueous shows, First Place in Huachuca Art Association’s Fall Open Show, and People’s Choice in HAA’s Open Show.  Pat has also won numerous awards in California’s central region including Stockton’s Unitarian Art Show, Stockton Art League’s Haggin Museum Show, the Lodi Art Festival, Best of Show at the City of Lathrop’s Inaugural Art Collection, Manteca’s California Fine Art League’s Annual Art Show, and Modesto’s Central California Art League’s Annual “Gallo” Show.

Dunbar’s artistic skill is mostly self-taught, and she believes her talent is truly a gift from God.  Pat has also found that teaching watercolor classes has enhanced her skills, as well as providing self validation.  The joy of watching students’ eyes glow when they “get it” is a thrill that only the sharing of her craft can provide.  Giving back to others through this classroom activity is very important to Pat.

Besides her love of watercolor, other media she finds exciting are pastel, scratch board art, pen & ink, jewelry, pottery, and gourd art.

Pat is represented by 55 Main Gallery in Bisbee, Arizona.  She is a member of the Huachuca Art Association in Sierra Vista, and Tubac Center for the Arts in Tubac.

You can reach Pat at: 520-234-5193 or
or contact 55 Main Gallery in Bisbee, Arizona