My goal as an artist is to arrest nature’s motion, involving viewers as deeply as I can. As I make my artwork, I leave behind traces of feelings associated with my experience of each scene; sharing my vision of beauty and grace expressed through color and form.

The experiences of life that I find to be of greatest value are those that rest in the basic and seemingly simplistic. Garden fragrances, nature's color and form, all outweigh for me the more contrived and materialistic of our life today.  I paint the landscapes, the feelings and the experiences that they create for me; the perceptions and sensations that collect as a result of a day at the shore, or under the shade of a live oak, or during weeks spent serving a residency at a National Park.  If these sensations communicate with the viewer through my work, their connection and purpose are complete.


- Patricia Rottino Cummins


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October 16, 2009

 After a long day ,  two flights, and a 40 minute drive from Cedar Rapids Airport , I arrived at the park.  It is quite dark  and cold.  I can not see the fall colors , nor  the Historic Site.  My house  is warm and cozy.  Studio downstairs and  sleeping up here on the second story. Neil made sure I had everything I needed and  I  await the excitement of awakening in a new place.  A week to paint awaits me. 


Herbert Hoover National Historic Site Residency October 2009


My supplies and painting tools await me at the park.  They have been Fedxed in advance,   press releases have been emailed, and the anticipation begins.  I wonder what will be the focal point of my painting.  The cottage, the prairie, fall colors, or so many unknown treasures that await discovery. 

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