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Art work from Patrick F. Duke
Patrick Duke - Oil PainterPainting isn't simply a passion for Patrick Duke, its a necessity. Patrick’s goal is to compose a unique vision of natures beauty, all the while delighting in the journey. “The process alone” he says “is worth the effort”. Duke’s paintings have reached private collectors around the world from Texas to the U.K.. In 2014, Patrick was featured in South West Art Magazine’s coveted “21 Under 31” article detailing young artist with promising careers. His energy flows through his work, “I hope to move people and open their eyes to the beauty of this place in every season and every light.” Patrick currently strikes a dreamlike balance between his two passions, art and angling. It was his love of fly-fishing that brought him to landscape painting. Patrick’s art education includes his BFA at Western State Colorado University where he studied print making, coursework abroad in Florence, Italy and a painting workshop with nationally recognized painter Don Sahli. After graduating he found himself out of the studio and back in the wilderness working as a fly-fishing guide in the Gunnison Valley. Landscape painting had never appealed to him until he was fortunate enough to spend nearly every waking hour surrounded by the untouched beauty of the Gunnison Drainage and the West Elk Mountains. The magnificent images and scenes he witnessed while working in the outdoors also inspired him to explore a new medium, oil painting. In 2011, Duke was inducted into the Oil Painters of America Society. His work can also be viewed at the Gunnison Gallery, in downtown Gunnison, CO. Patrick has called Crested Butte home for over a decade now and when he isn't in his studio or painting in the field, you may find him in anyone of his favorite fishing holes. Meditate on a Patrick Duke landscape, just as he did the place that inspired it, if it resinates with you, then he has succeeded as a conduit of natures’s true expression.