Patricia Robinson Stolarski
Long Grove, Illinois
When I began painting, I worked often with family portraits
to tell the stories of my ancestors – their beliefs, attitudes and
character. I gravitated soon to more conceptual works of
nature, people and just life, working primarily in acrylic and mixed media on
canvas. Art for me is commenting on and trying to figure out Life.
I officially launched my art career on Camano Island, WA. There, I exhibited at various opportunities
locally and in Seattle, including: A
Guilded Gallery (Stanwood, WA); the NWS juried ‘Waterworks’ 2009 (Bothell),
and; the EAFA Open Juried 2011 and 2012 Exhibitions (Bellevue and Seattle,
Now, in the NW Chicago
Suburbs, as a part of the Barrington Cultural Arts Center (BCAC), I exhibit in
gallery spaces in the Barrington area managed by BCAC and have participated in many exhibits held by BCAC as well as national and local juried art shows.
I’ve been honored with a number of awards in different venues, with a special recognition of First Place Mixed Media in the Artist’s Magazine’s 2016 All Media Competition for my painting, “Options”.
Recent exhibitions include Syrian Refugee Children’s Portraits at the Garlands of Barrington, IL; New Orleans Art Association 2018 Art Show, Naming the Unspoken, Dole Mansion, Crystal Lake, IL, Volo Bog’s ‘Avian Art’,the Barrington Arts Festival 2019, BCAC Deck the Walls 2020 at the Barrington White House.
Published work includes:
The Women of Mary’s Place 2006 a collection of biographies & portraits of homeless & previously homeless women in Seattle who have sought refuge & sanctuary at Mary’s Place, with proceeds benefiting women work toward a stable, safe home.
The Thacher Park Monster 2019. A collaborative effort between my brother, George Robinson, a professor at SUNY Albany and volunteer at Thacher State Park. George wrote and performed The Thacher Park Monster song during the Centennial celebration of Thacher State Park. With George’s lyrics and my illustrations, we turned the song into a children’s book. (Quite a departure from my usual artwork!)
In 2011,Rose Laughlin commissioned me to paint my interpretation of her Oregon ancestral home for the cover of her CD, "House of Memories