Artist Patricia Moitra
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PATRICIA A. MOITRA
I have never had a particular subject that has held my attention. I have flitted from portraits, abstract images to human situations. I find it hard to paint just ‘something’ so sometimes I don’t paint for months until an image comes to mind.
I started out with watercolor paint, then experienced colored pencil, charcoal, acrylic paint and collage before deciding to stay with water soluble oil paint. I enjoy this medium as it has the quality of oil paint but can also be used as thin washes much like water color. It can be mixed with acrylic, oil and of course water. Cleaning up with water makes it especially easy with no solvents to use.
Patricia Moitra was born in England before WWII. She attended Chelmsford and Bedford High Schools before starting college in 1949. She trained and worked as an architect in England on the new towns that were being built to replace the destruction of the war.
She immigrated to USA in 1960 destined for San Francisco. After working for three firms there, she won a national competition for 670 housing units in Oakland. CA. This launched her into self employment which she enjoyed for 55 years working in San Francisco and Santa Monica, CA.
Her work covered designing and remodeling private residences for numerous celebrities, commercial work for Guess, Karen Kane, EBX and Robbins Jewelers, among others.
She received individual recognition by First Honor awards for excellence by the A.I.A. Her work appeared in several hard cover books, many newspapers and a large number of magazines, such as Architectural Record and Time.
During these years she traveled to France, Switzerland, Italy, Yugoslavia, Germany, Canada, Russia, Greece, Turkey, Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Hong Kong and India.
Her pastimes consisted of playing tennis, dressage riding, piloting her own plane to south of the border.
Painting came to her later in life, after friends gave her some watercolor paints. She went to a few classes at Emeritus College in Santa Monica where she tried many mediums before deciding to use water soluble oil paint.