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I love paint. I love the soft, dusty, velvety feel of a pastel stick. I love loading a brush and the buttery feel of oil paint being stroked on a canvas. I love the smell of oil paint and linseed oil.

I love color. I love the process of mixing paints and creating colors. I love placing colors next to one another until a painting glows. Every time I open one of my pastel sets, it feels like Christmas all over again. All those beautiful colorful sticks are like tiny little packages under the tree, just itching to be tried out and sampled. I love finding colors that harmonize and sing with each other or a color that screams "look at me!" 

I love being outside. When I look at nature, I’m drawn both to place and detail. The world is full of abstract shapes and patterns waiting to be discovered -- the light and dark areas created when leaves overlap with sunlight behind them, the overlooked forms that a rose’s shadow casts upon another flower, the minute detail in a single blossom or the abstract masses of trees among swaying grasses. 

Mayapple Studio
Patricia Savage
Past President, Pastel Society of NC
Mobile (919) 438-6766

Special Achievements: 



Society of Animal Artists Annual Shows:  2018, 2004-2000, 1998-1997, 1995-1994
    Award of Excellence:  2000
    National Museum tour:  2004, 2001, 2000, 1995
Shoals Marine Laboratory, Artist-In-Residence Program, 2018
NC Statewide Exhibit: On Common Ground, Pastel Paintings from the Mountains to the Coast, 2018, 2017, 2015-2012
     Awards:  Second Place 2018, Canson Award 2017, Frame Warehouse Award 2015, Uart Award 2014,
Pastel Society of North Carolina, Juried Member’s Show, Ambleside Gallery, Greensboro, NC, 2016-17, 2014 -2009
Birds in Art, Invitational Exhibit, NC Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC  2016
UNC Botanical Garden, Instructor’s Show, Chapel Hill, NC 2015, 2012, 2007
Women Painters of the Southeast, Magnolia Art Gallery, Greensboro, GA, 2014
Campbell House, Invitational, Southern Pines, NC, 2014


UNC Botanical Garden’s Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate Program.

2001 - Present:  Basic Drawing, Intermediate Drawing, Composition, Integrating Composition and Color Theory, Advanced Watercolor, How to Paint a Flat Wash, Beginning Pastel, How to Draw a Bird, How to Paint Birds, Draw a Feather, How to Paint a Feather, Painting with Carbon Dust, How to Paint a Petal, Light on Form, Perspective for Botanical Illustrators, How to Paint a Cast Shadow, Mix and Match a Color in Watercolor.

NC Museum of Natural Sciences Naturalist Center.

2016-2017:  Individual classes on How to Draw Birds, Bugs and Beetles, Butterflies, Moths, Skeletons, Fur, Salamander, Snakes, Spiders, and Field Sketching.

Appalachian Pastel Society.

2013 How to Make Your Own Pastel Surface, How to Mix Colors with Pastel

Morton Arboretum.

2010 Painting the Landscape in Pastel

Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Annual Conferences.

2017 – Beautiful Luminous Grays, 2011 – Discovering the Landscape in Chalk Pastels; 2010 – Painting in Chalk Pastel 2009 -- How to Draw a Tree, Plein Air Pastels; 2007 -- Pastel Painting; 2006 -- How to Mix and Match Colors; Basic Color Theory; 2004 Painting in Chalk Pastel

The North Carolina Museum of Art.

2003 -- Color Theory


Society of Animal Artists, Signature Member
International Society of Scratchboard Artists, Signature Member
Pastel Society of America, Signature Member
Pastel Society of North Carolina, Past President, 2012 Statewide Pastel Exhibit Chair
North Carolina Botanical Garden, Botanical Illustration Certificate Advisory Council
Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, 2010 Chair and Housing/Registration Coordinator for the 2010 GNSI Annual Conference
Guild of Natural Science Illustrators of the Carolinas