Welcome To Pat Kelbaugh's Portfolio
Pat Kelbaugh: Artist
Pat doesn't photograph well, but does draw well. This self portrait also appears on the back cover of her latest Dreamtime novel, The Rosetta Room. It's called "Reflections in a Time Wheel."
The very essence of Pat Kelbaugh and the inspiration for her work are deeply rooted in the unique life experiences of someone born and raised in a tightly-knit fishing community along the southeastern Connecticut shore. Her youth was a tapestry of oceanic adventures, both real and imaginative. Boating and fishing on the Atlantic created a rich reservoir of authentic experiences, and a passion for the sea and its lore ignited her artistic expression – in painting, initially, and more recently in poetry and fiction writing.
A watercolorist specializing in maritime art for over thirty years, Pat's watercolors are applauded for capturing the many moods of the sea and for preserving historic landmarks that were at once critical to survival and the fodder for entertaining stories. Her precise style is accomplished through a series of thin watercolor glazes and drybrush finish – a self-taught technique that she perfected under study with renowned artist Dan Gheno at Lyme Academy of Fine Arts, Old Lyme, Connecticut, USA.
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Pat's work has long been exhibited in galleries in Connecticut. Her painting depicting the 1939 rescue of the crew from the submarine Squalus is part of the permanent collection of the Submarine Force Museum in Groton, Connecticut. Her work is well represented in corporate and private collections all over the world – including the families of local legendary fishing captains.
Pat has expanded her palette to include acrylic and mixed media works (that is, mixing watercolor pigments with acrylic medium, and employing watercolor techniques with acrylics, such as washes). She has also engaged her natural, linear drawing style in a contemporary series called “Other Women,” where imperfections are embraced, not erased, and the mood is often noir.