When people ask, I say, “I paint dresses and garments and stuff!” These items appeal to me as variations on figurative work. They are portraits without the figure, embodying the essence of a person or dream. I love that each viewer can read their own story, memory and emotion into the painting. I also like small scenes of people, places, garments and quiet moments that are loose and alive with color, connecting it all with places and times.
Lately I have been assembling things on hangers, dress forms and coat trees in my studio and get moved around with the light. I paint them from life and photograph them in morning or golden late afternoon light. It’s great fun.
Childhood memories of my parent’s small town café inform paintings of restaurants and interiors. Paintings of garments and shoes remind me of my grandmother who worked as a tailor in a men’s store….or of my mom who taught me to sew. I love it all.
I’m a Minnesotan through and through. I was born and raised here, and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Studio Art. After serving two years in the Peace Corps in West Africa, I returned to Minneapolis to work in television graphics, advertising and graphic design.
I have studied with Kim English, Peggy Kroll Roberts, Cheri Christensen, Carol Marine, Anne Blair Brown, Dan McCaw and Maggie Siner. I travel and paint in the U.S. and Europe, most recently in Italy, France and the Czech Republic, and have taught a 3-day workshop in Texas.
I have a studio in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District.
My work has been featured in American Art Collector and Southwest Art magazines and am represented by five galleries across the country.
My studio is in an historic warehouse building in the NE Minneapolis Arts District at 22nd and California St NE, Minneapolis, MN. My studio is open for Art-A-Whirl, our nationally-known arts district open studio event…always the third weekend of May. In 2016 it will be May 20-22. Make some plans it’s worth a trip! The California Building has monthly Second Saturday open studios from 11 am to 4 pm and we have a 2-day holiday event in November called “California Dreaming'” Please contact me if you’d like to stop in. Patricia Canney Studio 2205 California St NE #406 Minneapolis, MN 55418