The beauty and richness of rural Nevada is the inspiration for Patty Fox's watercolor paintings. Depicting nature, animals and history are for her a natural response to the environment she lives in. She says, "I would like my work to be a diary of my life."
Fox began painting about 40 years ago but did not move into a watercolor work until the 1980s. "It is still my favorite expression even though I still dabble in almost any medium that interests me: quilting, ceramics, oil painting and printmaking. Art has given me the opportunity to make creativity a life study. I also think I have been in pursuit of beauty my whole life, always looking for that perfect expression.
"In my love of being out of doors I have been able to enjoy an equestrian lifestyle which has led me to many adventures sometimes combined with art and sometimes just the pure enjoyment of my animals. I like to combine the animals now in the landscape element because they are always there. Animals are nature and sometimes we miss them in the landscapes because they are so familiar.
"My interest in horses is again a pursuit for beauty. I have mostly ridden western but I am now pursuing, very actively with my gelding, a direction in dressage. I love watching the beautiful horses in harmony with their riders. And I am having so much fun learning their methods."
Fox has been a professor of art at Great Basin College in Elko, Nevada for over 20 years. "I still enjoy helping my students obtain their artistic goals and also introducing many of my new students to their creative sides. I know that I am in the final years of this career but I am so grateful for the opportunity to have had such a joyous lifestyle and to live in a community that has allowed me to pursue my gifts," she says.