Patricia Watwood is a classical figurative oil painter. Watwood’s paintings explore transformative narratives and mythological archetypes using the human figure. Her oil paintings prioritize aesthetic principles and technical rigor, balancing perception and design. Her most common subject matter is the nude, particularly women, in images that convey the sacred feminine. Watwood has exhibited at galleries and institutions worldwide such as Hirschl & Adler and The Forbes Galleries in NYC, The New Britain Museum of American Art, The Butler Museum, and the Bruce Museum. In 2012-2013, her work was viewed in China in an historic presentation of American painting, Contemporary American Realism, which toured six cities including Beijing and Shanghai. Watwood’s solo museum exhibit, Patricia Watwood: Myths & Individuals was on view in two venues in 2011-2012: St. Louis University Museum of Art, and The Forbes Galleries, NYC. Watwood’s portraits are in private and public collections, such as Harvard University, St. Louis City Hall, Weill-Cornell Medical College and St. Louis University, and Culver Academy.
Watwood earned her MFA with Honors from New York Academy of Art, and studied with Jacob Collins as a founding member of the Water Street Atelier. Watwood has been an adjunct professor of drawing at New York Academy of Art, and has given lectures and workshops across the country, and is a featured art instructor with Craftsy.com. She is a writer for American Artist and American Arts Quarterly. She has produced two art instructional DVDs: Creating Portrait from Life: Patricia Watwood, with Streamline Art Videos; and Figure Painting: Realistic Skin Tone with Patricia Watwood, with Interweave Press.
Born and raised in St. Louis (1971), she now lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and daughters.