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Life & Work with Pat Lang

Today we’d like to introduce you to Pat Lang.

Hi Pat, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I have been active in creating art since my grade school days. My earliest memory of my art ability being recognized was at School #88, Lyndhurst Elementary School in Baltimore when my third-grade teacher told me to go home and tell my parents to make a place in my home for me to work on my art.

That encouragement has remained with me all these years. I wasn’t aware of anyone else in my family who had an interest in art until many years later when I offered to teach my mother oil painting and realized what a genuine gift she had. I then understood that ability was passed on to me.

As a teen, I had heard about the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and wondered if I would ever someday be able to get art instruction. But my life took other avenues, and the process of learning the techniques I needed came mostly from trial and error, along with observations of the artwork of other artists.

My introduction to oil paint was from the tiny, gooey plastic containers of paint that would come with paint-by-number kits I would get as gifts. I would turn the cardboard over to paint on the other side to create my own painting. It wasn’t until my teen years that I found I could actually buy oil paint in tubes and began painting on canvas.

I was able, when my children were young, to occasionally attend an informal salon-type art class held by Bob Browne, a well-known Baltimore artist.

The best technique I learned there was blending. As a realistic artist, blending has become one of my most important techniques. However, most of my growth has been from continuing to challenge myself, experiment, and be critical of my own work in order to improve.

Throughout the years, I have entered numerous art shows, and with each positive comment, or sale, I continued to be encouraged. I learn and grow with every painting I complete. Now, living on the Eastern Shore, I am enjoying a very active art environment.

As a member of the Working Artists Forum, the Art League of Ocean City, and Chestertown RiverArts, there is seldom a month that I am not participating in an art exhibit with at least one of my paintings.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I have always found time for art.

For most of my adult life, I have also worked a full-time job. With raising two children and working, finding time for painting would often be late at night. Being a bit of night-owl, that actually worked out well for me.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I paint in a realistic style, primarily in oils, though I also enjoy charcoal.

I am a very detailed person in general, so I think that surely influences how I paint. While I can appreciate the work of other artists whose style is more impressionistic, the realistic style is more natural to me.

For many years my favorite subject to paint was still life, which I still enjoy. However, during the past two years, I have been particularly drawn to paint both domesticated animals and wildlife.

I also enjoy painting smaller works, especially gallery-wrapped ones where the image is carried around to all visible sides, creating a 3D effect. I currently sell these in two gift shops at The Center for the Arts in Ocean City, the Art Collective in Frederick, and the Chestertown RiverArts gift shop in Chestertown.

Where we are in life is often partly because of others. Who/what else deserves credit for how your story turned out?
Encouragement comes to me from the comments I receive on my art and through the sales of my paintings.

I find it very gratifying when people like my work enough to purchase my paintings and take them home to enjoy. It gives me a great deal of pleasure to know that what I created is being enjoyed by others.

My biggest supporter is my daughter, Lisa Scarbath, who is a mosaic artist, Pieceful Designs Mosaics. Her enthusiasm for creating her own art, and working hard to participate in many venues, influences me to do more to show my work as well.

She often highlights my work in her social media postings and suggests and encourages me to participate in various exhibits.

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