"I believe that art is the act of creation. The result, whether it is a painting, sculpture, photograph etc., is simply a record of the creation experience. My approach is to free myself from preconceived visual beliefs and interpret the world directly before me. In so doing, I rediscover the colors, textures and values of everyday life that we otherwise take for granted. This is what drives me to paint and what I encourage in my students.

My art is the product of diligence in practice. I do not believe in talent. I believe that all of us have the potential to create art, if we choose to dedicate ourselves to the pursuit.""

Patrick Saunders is an award-winning artist who travels North America, creating fine art, teaching painting workshops, and judging painting competitions. Patrick paints a variety of subjects, including portraits, landscapes, cityscapes, and florals.

After graduating from the Kansas City Art Institute, Patrick spent a decade as an artist at Hallmark Cards before returning to KCAI to accept a faculty position teaching illustration, painting, animation, and web design. His students voted to honor Patrick with an Educator of the Year award. Teaching led to a job offer in advertising, where, as a Group Creative Director, Patrick led teams of marketing professionals in New York, San Francisco, and globally, producing advertising for clients such as Colgate-Palmolive, Whole Foods, Hill’s Pet Food, FedEx, Revlon, Southwest Airlines, Tom’s of Maine, Nextel, Skyy, Kashi, and Kellogg’s.

Throughout his career, Patrick has been recognized for outstanding work, earning awards from the American Advertising Federation, the International Academy of the Visual Arts, the Web Marketing Association, the Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, and Oil Painters of America. He was first featured by Southwest Art Magazine in 2000, as one of their 21 Artists to Watch Under 31. Patrick has twice been the cover artist for and featured in Southwest Art Magazine, in September 2018 and in December 2020. He received a gold medal from the Oil Painters of America in 2020.

In 2013, Patrick began plein air painting, and has won awards from numerous nationally recognized events, including Plein Air Easton, the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, Maui Plein Air, Lighthouse Plein Air, Sedona Plein Air, the Airstream Fine Art Invitational, Plein Air Texas, Plein Air Richmond, and Telluride Plein Air. He was featured in Plein Air Magazine in 2018.

Patrick is a Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America, a member of the Portrait Society of America, and a member of the Coppini Academy of Fine Arts. He is a former Signature Member of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, the American Impressionist Society, and the Outdoor Painters Society.

Patrick is represented by Galerie Kornye West, Olmsted Gallery, Eva Reynolds Fine Arts, Inc. and the Trippe Gallery.

Pet portraiture is a passion shared with his wife Kimberly. Please view her work at www.SaundersFineArts.com

2022

- Judge - Lighthouse Plein Air - Tequesta, FL

2021

- Finalist - Southwest Art Magazine Artistic Excellence Competiton

- Invited Artist - Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational, Laguna Beach CA

- Juried Artist - Bosque Art Classic, Bosque Art Center - Clifton, TX

- Judge - Driggs Plein Air - Driggs, ID

- Second Place Small Painting Sunday - Plein Air Easton, Easton MD

- Judge - Olmsted Plein Air Invitational Community Quick Paint - Atlanta, GA

- Olmsted Linear Park Award - Olmsted Plein Air Invitational - Atlanta, GA

- Honorable Mention - Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition

- Third Place - Lighthouse Plein Air - Tequesta, FL

2020

- Juried Artist - Oil Painters of America 2020 Eastern Regional Exhibition

- People's Choice Award - Richeson75 International Figure & Portrait Competiton

- Honor Award - Richeson75 International Figure & Portrait Competiton

- Invited Artist - Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational, Laguna Beach CA

- Honorable Mention - Southwest Art Magazine Artistic Excellence Competiton

- Meritorious Selection - Richeson75 International Figure & Portrait Competiton

- Juried Artist - Bosque Art Classic, Bosque Art Center - Clifton, TX

- Juried Artist - Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition

- Gold Medal - Oil Painters of America 2020 Juried Salon Show

- Judge - The Gateway International Painting Competition

- Judge - Driggs Plein Air - Driggs, ID

- Invited Artist - Plein Air Easton - Easton, MD

- Invited Artist - Stokes County Art Council Art Shine - Westfield, NC

- Second Place Quick Draw - Olmsted Plein Air Invitational - Atlanta, GA

- Invited Artist - Forgotten Coast en Plein Air - Apalachicola, FL

- First Place - Lighthouse Plein Air - Tequesta, FL

- Artists' Choice Award - Lighthouse Plein Air - Tequesta, FL

- Invited Artist - Newnan Artist In Residence Program - Newnan, GA

2019

- 2nd Place, Signature Division- Oil Painters of America, Fall Online Showcase

- Juried Artist - Oil Painters of America 2019 Eastern Regional Exhibition

- Invited Artist - Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational, Laguna Beach CA

- Juried Artist - American Impressionist Society National Juried Exhibition

- Juried Artist - Bosque Art Classic, Bosque Art Center - Clifton, TX

- Judge - Pacific Northwest Plein Air - Goldendale, WA

- Invited Artist - Plein Air Easton - Easton, MD

- Best In Show - For the Love of the Moon Invitational Exhibit - Riverside Art Center

- Juried Artist - Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition

- Judge - Art Muse Competition - April 2019

- Second Place Quick Draw - Olmsted Plein Air - Atlanta, GA

- Best Architectural Award - Olmsted Plein Air - Atlanta, GA

- Third Place - Lighthouse Plein Air - Tequesta, FL

- Second Place Quick Draw - Lighthouse Plein Air - Tequesta, FL

- Finalist - Richeson75 International Still Life & Floral Competiton

- Certificate of Excellence - Portrait Society of America - 2019 International Portrait Competition

2018

- Finalist - Richeson75 International Animals, Birds & Wildlife Competiton

- Artists' Choice Texas Artist Camp Award - EnPleinAirTEXAS, San Angelo TX

- Revelite Award - Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational, Laguna Beach CA

- Strada Easel Award - Laguna Beach Plein Air, Laguna Beach CA

- Finalist, August - The Gateway International Painting Competition

- Finalist - Richeson75 International Figure/Portrait Competiton

- Finalist, July - The Gateway International Painting Competition

- Best Marine Painting Award - Plein Air Easton, Easton MD

- Artists Choice Award - Plein Air Easton, Tilghman Island Paint Out, Easton MD

- First Place Quick Draw - Plein Air Richmond, Richmond, VA

- Honorable Mention - Plein Air Richmond, Richmond, VA

- Plein Air Magazine Award of Excellence - Outdoor Painters Society

- Finalist, May - The Gateway International Painting Competition

- 3rd Place - Airstream Fine Art Invitational, Cincinnati OH

- Judge - Plein Air KC, Kansas City MO

- Finalist, April - The Gateway International Painting Competition

- Finalist, February - The Gateway International Painting Competition

- 2nd Place - Lighthouse Plein Air, Tequesta FL

- Collector's Choice Award - Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational, Maui HI

- Makana Aloha Foundation Award - Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational, Maui HI

2017

- Finalist, December - The Gateway International Painting Competition

- 3rd Place, Signature Division- Oil Painters of America, Fall Online Showcase

- Best In Show, November - The Gateway International Painting Competition

- 3rd Place- EnPleinAirTEXAS, San Angelo TX

- Judge's Choice Award, L'Auberge Paint Out - Sedona Plein Air , Sedona AZ

- Invited Artist - Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational, Laguna Beach CA

- 1st Place, Sedona Winefest Paint Out - Sedona Plein Air , Sedona AZ

- Finalist, August - The Gateway International Painting Competition

- Finalist, July - Sedona Art Prize, Sedona AZ

- Invited Artist - Door County Plein Air, Door County WI

- Imagine Two Futures Award - Plein Air Easton, Easton MD

- Best of Show - Plein Air Richmond, Richmond VA

- 2nd Place - Laguna Plein Air Painters: Best of Plein Air, Laguna Beach CA

- 3rd Place - Buck's County Plein Air, Newtown PA

- 3rd Place Quick Draw - Buck's County Plein Air, Newtown PA

- People's Choice Award - Airstream Fine Art Invitational, Cincinnati OH

- Finalist, May - Sedona Art Prize, Sedona AZ

- People's Choice Award - Eureka Springs Plein Air Festival , Eureka Springs AR

- Judge - Penn Valley Plein Air, Kansas City MO

- Judge - Plein Air On the White River, Cotter AR

- Award of Merit - Outdoor Painters Society, Plein Air Southwest Salon

- Finalist, February - Sedona Art Prize, Sedona AZ

- Honorable Mention - Lighthouse Plein Air Festival, Tequesta FL

2016

- 2nd Place- EnPleinAirTEXAS, San Angelo TX

- Best of Show - Sedona Plein Air Festival, Sedona AZ

- First Place, Main Street Paint Out - Sedona Plein Air Festival, Sedona AZ

- Featured Artist - Sonoma Plein Air, Sonoma CA

- Honorable Mention - Paint the Peninsula, Port Angeles WA

- 1st Place Paint Out - Paint the Peninsula, Port Angeles WA

- Olympic Rangers Interpretation Award - Paint the Peninsula, Port Angeles WA

- Featured Artist - Door County Plein Air Festival, Door County WI

- Finalist Master Artist - Art Muse Contest

- Third Place Small Painting Sunday - Plein Air Easton, Easton MD

- Life On the Farm Award - Plein Air Easton, Easton MD

- First Place Cambridge Paint Out - Plein Air Easton, Easton MD

- Honorable Mention - Plein Air Richmond, Richmond VA

- Second Place Quick Draw - Easels in Frederick, Frederick MD

- Artist's Choice Award - Easels in Frederick, Frederick MD

- Best Use of Light Award - Easels in Frederick, Frederick MD

- Second Place Quick Draw - Mountain Maryland Plein Air, Cumberland MD

- Honorable Mention - Mountain Maryland Plein Air, Cumberland MD

- Second Place - Nocturne - Paint Annapolis, Annapolis MD

- Honorable Mention - Paint Annapolis, Annapolis MD

- People's Choice Award - Paint Annapolis, Annapolis MD

- Best In Show - Penn Valley Park Plein Air Fest, Kansas City, MO

- First Place Quick Paint - Penn Valley Park Plein Air Fest, Kansas City, MO

- Second Place, Oil Painting - Augusta Plein Air, Augusta, MO

- Purchase Award Winner- Augusta Plein Air, Augusta, MO

- Award of Merit - Outdoor Painters Society, Plein Air Southwest Salon

- Artist's Choice Award - Outdoor Painters Society, Plein Air Southwest Salon

- Best In Show - Paint the Town, Marble Falls, TX

- Featured Artist - Lighthouse Plein Air Festival, Tequesta FL

2015

- Best Architectural Award Winner - EnPleinAirTEXAS, San Angelo, TX

- Juror- Brush Creek Art Walk, Kansas City, MO

- Featured Artist- Sonoma Plein Air, Sonoma, CA

- Purchase Award Winner - Oil Painters of America Paint Out, Marceline, MO

- Third Place - Telluride Plein Air Festival, Telluride, CO

- First Place - Stems Plein Air Paint Out, Kansas City, MO

- Second Place - Stems Plein Air Paint Out, Kansas City, MO

- First Place - Penn Valley Park Plein Air Fest, Kansas City, MO

- First Place Quick Paint - Penn Valley Park Plein Air Fest, Kansas City, MO

- Best In Show - Augusta Plein Air, Augusta, MO

- First Place, Oil Painting - Augusta Plein Air, Augusta, MO

- Artist's Choice Award - Augusta Plein Air, Augusta, MO

- Purchase Award Winner - Augusta Plein Air, Augusta, MO

2014

- First Place - Maple Leaf Paint Out, Carthage, MO

- Purchase Award Winner - Oil Painters of America Paint Out, Marceline, MO

- Purchase Award Winner - 1st Annual Big Picnic Plein Air, Kansas City, MO

- First Place Quick Paint - Stems Plein Air Paint Out, Kansas City, MO

- First Place, Oil Category 1 - Stems Plein Air Paint Out, Kansas City, MO

- Second Place, Oil Category 2 - Stems Plein Air Paint Out, Kansas City, MO

- Best In Show - Penn Valley Park Plein Air Fest, Kansas City, MO

- First Place Quick Paint - Penn Valley Park Plein Air Fest, Kansas City, MO

2013

- Best In Show - Parkville In Art Plein Air Competition, Parkville, MO

- Best Oil Painting - Parkville In Art Plein Air Competition, Parkville, MO

- Purchase Award Winner - Parkville In Art Plein Air Competition, Parkville, MO

- First Place - Brush Creek Art Walk - Kansas City, MO

- First Place Quick Paint - Brush Creek Art Walk - Kansas City, MO

Full-time Faculty - Kansas City Art Institute - Kansas City MO - 2001-2006

Workshops - Booth Art Academy - Cartersville GA - 2021-2022

Workshops - Coppini Academy of Fine Art - San Antonio TX - 2017-2021

Workshops - Lighthouse Art Center - Tequesta FL - 2019-2022

Workshops - Ellis County Art Association - Waxahachie TX - 2018-2022

Workshop - Heartland Art Club - St Louis MO - 2021

Workshops - First Brush of Spring - New Harmony IN - 2019

Workshops - The Women's Club of Fort Worth - Fort Worth TX - 2019 -2021

Workshop - Lafayette Art Center - Lafayette LA - 2019

Workshop - Maryhill Art Museum - Goldendale WA - 2019

Workshop - Chesapeake Fine Art Studio - Stevensville MD - 2019

Private Workshop - Richmond VA - 2019

Workshop - OnTrack Studios - Franklin TN - 2019

Workshop - The Art Loft - Dahlonega GA - 2019

Private Workshop - Indianapolis IN - 2019

Workshop - Vanessa Lacy Gallery - Kansas City MO - 2019

Workshop - Old Hyde Park Art Center - Tampa FL - 2019

Workshop - Whistle Stop Studio - San Antonio TX - 2019

Private Workshops - Tybee Island GA - 2019

Workshop - Rockport Center for the Arts- Rockport TX - 2019

Workshop - Richmond Plein Air - Richmond VA - 2018

Workshop - Indiana Artists IN|A - Indianapolis IN - 2018

Workshop - New Studio for the Visual Arts - Jupiter FL - 2018

Workshop - San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts - San Angelo TX - 2018

Workshop - Penn Valley Plein Air Festival - Kansas City MO - 2017 -2018

Workshop - White River Plein Air Festival - Cotter AR - 2017

Workshops - Augusta Plein Air Festival - Augusta MO - 2016-2018

Workshops - Harold's Fine Arts - San Antonio TX - 2016-2017

Workshops - Eva Reynolds Fine Arts - Kansas City MO - 2005-2015

Olmsted Gallery - Atlanta, GA - October, 2021

Bosque Art Classic - Bosque Art Center - Clifton, TX - September, 2021

Oil Painters Of America National Juried Exhibition - California Center for the Arts - Escondido, CA - April, 2021

Oil Painters Of America Eastern Regional Exhibition - Reinert Fine Art - Charleston, SC - November, 2020

Bosque Art Classic - Bosque Art Center - Clifton, TX - September, 2020

Oil Painters Of America National Juried Exhibition - RS Hanna Gallery - Fredericksburg, TX - August, 2020

Oil Painters Of America Eastern Regional Exhibition - Beverly McNeil Gallery - Birmingham, AL - October, 2019

American Impressionist Society National Juried Exhibition - Salmagundi Club - New York, NY - September, 2019

Bosque Art Classic - Bosque Art Center - Clifton, TX - September, 2019

For the Love of the Moon - Riverside Art Center - Wapakoneta, OH - May, 2019

Oil Painters Of America National Juried Exhibition - Illume Gallery - St. Georg, UT - May, 2019

Portrait Society of America - 2019 International Portrait Competition - Atlanta, GA - April, 2019

Richeson75 Figure/Portrait Exhibition - Richeson School of Art & Gallery - Kimberly, WI - October, 2018

American Impressionist Society National Juried Exhibition - Peninsula School of Art - Fish Creek, WI - September, 2018

Laguna Plein Air Painters: Best of Plein Air - Forest & Ocean Gallery - Laguna Beach, CA - July, 2018

Oil Painters Of America 2018 Juried Salon Show - Crooked Tree Arts Center - Traverse City, MI - June, 2017

Oil Painters Of America National Juried Exhibition - Steamboat Art Museum - Steamboat Springs, CO - June, 2018

Airstream Fine Art Invitational - Airstream - Riverside Art Center - Wapakoneta, OH - May, 2018

American Impressionist Society 2018 Impressions: Small Works Showcase - Greenwich House Gallery - Cincinnati, OH - March, 2018

American Impressionist Society National Juried Exhibition - Montgomery Lee Fine Art - Park City, UT - September, 2017

Laguna Plein Air Painters: Best of Plein Air - Forest & Ocean Gallery - Laguna Beach, CA - June, 2017

Airstream Fine Art Invitational - Airstream -Headquarters - Jackson Center, OH - May, 2017

Oil Painters Of America National Juried Exhibition - Eisele Gallery of Fine Art - Cinncinnati, OH - May, 2017

Outdoor Painters Society Plein Air Southwest Salon - Artist's Showplace Gallery - Dallas, TX - April, 2017

American Impressionist Society 2017 Impressions: Small Works Showcase - Randy Higbee Gallery - Costa Mesa, CA - March, 2017

Signature Impressions, Laguna Plein Air - Huntington Beach Art Center - Huntington Beach, CA - November, 2016

Art & Nature, Laguna Plein Air - Forest & Ocean Gallery - Laguna Beach, CA - October, 2016

2016 American Masters Exhibition - Salmagundi Club - New York, NY - September, 2016

Outdoor Painters Society Plein Air Southwest Salon - Southwest Gallery - Dallas, TX - April, 2016

Oil Painters Of America National Juried Exhibition - Cutter & Cutter Fine Art - St. Augustine, FL - May, 2015

"Painting Kansas City" - Henderson Engineers - Lenexa, KS - January, 2015

"Painting Kansas City" - Waddell & Reed - Kansas City, MO - October, 2014

Oil Painters Of America Eastern Regional Juried Exhibition - Eisele Gallery of Fine Arts - Cincinnati, OH - September, 2014

Oil Painters Of America National Juried Exhibition - Bennington Center For the Arts - Bennington, VT - June, 2014

"Penn Valley Park Plein Air Exhibition" - Buttonwood Art - Kansas City, MO - May, 2014

"Patrick Saunders Recent Works" - Eva Reynolds Fine Arts - Leawood, KS - April, 2014

"Florals In Oil," - Freeland Photography - Lee's Summit, MO - March, 2014

"Patrick Saunders Recent Works" - Berkowitz Oliver - Kansas City, MO - January, 2014

Hooray for the Holidays Charity Auction - Mission Farms - Leawood, KS - November, 2014

Kansas City Art Institute Fireside Committee Gala - Kansas City, MO - November, 2014

Brush Creek Art Walk Annual Exhibition - Bruce Watkins Cultural Center - Kansas City, MO - October, 2013

Wise Gallery - Kansas City, MO - April, 2013

Wise Gallery - Kansas CIty, MO - December, 2012

Oil Painters Of America National Juried Exhibition - Nichols Taos Fine Art Gallery - Taos, NM - May, 2003

Northern Colorado Artist Association National Juried Exhibition - Loveland, CO - April, 2003

"Face It: Portraits" - St. Louis Artists' Guild - St. Louis, MO - January, 2003

"Artists For the New Century" - Bennington Center For the Arts - Bennington, VT - September, 2002

Lake Forest Art Expo - Chicago, IL - June, 1998

"Art In the Woods - Corporate Woods - Overland Park, KS - May, 19980

"New Works" - The Gallery, Sheraton Suites - Kansas City, MO - March, 1998

Lake Forest Art Expo - Chicago, IL - June, 1997

Lake Forest Art Expo - Chicago, IL - June, 1996

Group Show - Eva Reynolds Fine Arts - Lenexa, KS - July, 1995

Group Show - Zographia Gallery - Kansas City, MO - May, 1995

Group Show - Yako Gallery - Kansas City, MO - January, 1993

"Race For the Sun" - U.S. Department of Energy - Washington, D.C. - September, 1992

Group Show - Kemper Gallery - Kansas City, MO - May, 1992

Annual Juried Exhibition - Society of Illustrators - New York, NY - May, 1992

Group Show - Kansas City Art Institute - Kansas City, MO - January 1992

Annual Juried Exhibition - Society of Illustrators - New York, NY - May, 1991

Group Show - Prairie Village City Hall - Prairie Village, KS - April, 1991

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