Valerie Patterson

Valerie Patterson

Saranac Lake, NY, United States

About Valerie Patterson

I create highly refined watercolor paintings that often explode with psychological resonance - with a sensitivity towards beauty and strength achieved through truth and honesty. My work is a continuing search for deep understanding of the human condition - fascinating in its capacity for great kindness and mercy yet also great malevolence. Throughout my body of work: children repeatedly symbolize vulnerability and an unfeigned soul, connections between past and present are examined through the manipulation of black and white with color, and realistic and fantastic images may be juxtaposed to fabricate a surreal certainty. I strive to give voice to difficult social and political subjects in an attempt to encourage thought, emotion and dialogue.

I grew up in Ogdensburg, NY, the daughter of a Minister and public school teacher, earned degrees in art and education and have been teaching art as well as creating, for over three decades.


BA Art/Painting State University Of NY At Potsdam
MA Elementary Education University Of NY At Potsdam


2018 Manhattan Arts International: New Beginnings, Online International Juried Exhibition, Jan-Feb.
Featured Artist Award Winner.

2018 Santa Cruz Art League (Santa Cruz, CA): Spoken & Unspoken, National Juried Exhibition, Jan/Feb.

2018 Light, Space & Time Gallery (online): All Women 2018 Online Juried Exh.

2018 Frederic Remington Art Museum (Ogdensburg, NY): International Juried Exh. Sept-Jan.

2017 Manhattan Arts International (NYC) Online International Juried Exhibition: The Healing Power Of Art, Nov/Dec.

2016 Frederic Remington Art Museum (Ogdensburg, NY): International Juried Exhibition, Nov-Jan, 2018.
2016 The Spring Street Gallery (Saratoga Springs, NY): The Gun Show: Invitational Exhibit, April-May, 2016.

2015 Adirondack Artist’s Guild (Saranac Lake, NY): Solo Exhibition: Passing Through. Dec-Jan, 2015-2016.

2015 Manhattan Arts International (Manhattan, NY): Hot Topics - Bold Expressions. August-October, 2015. Award of Excellence and Award of Merit.

2015 Manhattan Arts International (Manhattan, NY): The Healing Power Of Art online Juried Exh. April-June, 2015. 2nd Place Award.

2014 Visual Arts Center At Clarington, Ontario, Canada : Crossing Borders I. July/August.

2014 Adirondack Artist’s Guild (Saranac Lake, NY): Solo Exhibition: “Closer To Home.” Nov.

2014 Lake Placid Center For The Arts (Lake Placid, NY): ADK Juried Exh. Sept./Oct. Honorable Mention Award.

2014 Pouring Light Gallery (Malone, NY) Solo Exhibition : “The Ghost In My Machine”. Nov.-Jan.

2013 Lower Adirondack Region Arts Council (Glens Falls, NY): Stories Untold - 3 Artists. June-August.

2013 The Local Fringe Gallery (Saranac Lake, NY): Solo Exhibition. Feb-Apr.

2011 XL Gallery (Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY): Stone Canoe Publication Exhibition. Feb.

2010 Bond Street Gallery (Brooklyn, NY): The New Americana Invitational Exhibition. Sept-Oct.

2010 Fredericksburg Center For Creative Arts (Fredericksburg, VA): For & About Women International Juried Exh. Feb.-Mar.

2010 Vanderbilt Divinity School (Nashville, TN): Protest Art, National Invitational Exhibition. Feb.-Mar.

2009 Hollingsworth Gallery (Palm Coast, FL): The Art Of Fright, National Juried Exhibition. Oct.-Nov.

2009 Torpedo Factory Art Center (Alexandria, VA): The The Flesh II, International Juried Exhibition. Jul.-Aug.

2009 Torpedo Factory Art Center (Alexandria, VA): Fresh: Urban Contemporary Art. May.

2009 Art Cries Out Dayton International Peace Museum (Dayton, OH): Art For Peace International Juried Exhibition. Jan.-Mar. 1st Place Award Winner.

2008 State University Of New York At Potsdam (Potsdam, NY): Triennial Award Winners Exhibition. Mar.

2008 Booksmart Gallery (Rochester, NY): The Art Of Democracy National Juried Exhibition. Nov.

2007 Monkdogz Urban Art (Manhattan, NY): Damez: 6 International Female Artists. Apr.- June.

2007 The Foundry Arts Centre (St. Charles, MO): Work In On And Of Paper National Juried Exhibition. Jan.-Feb.

2007 Arts & Literature Laboratory (New Haven, CT): Loud, National Juried Exhibition. Jan.-Feb.

2006 Monkdogz Urban Art (Manhattan, NY): Inaugural International Exhibition, 10 Artists. mar.

2005 and 2004 The Figurative League (Woodstock, IL): Real People, National Juried Exhibitions. Aug. 2004 & 2005.

2004 Don O’Melveny Gallery (West Hollywood, CA): In America Now National Juried Exhibition. Aug.

2004 Plano At Association (Plano, TX): National Juried Exhibition. Apr.-May.