Spending much of his early life in his native England, it was during these formative years that Patrick nurtured his obvious talent. Drawing and painting became his passion and a brush and pencil were constantly at hand. Even in his primary school days, the teachers were quick to notice his ability to sketch and draw. It was also a time when he first showed an interest in wildlife, a bird happily chirping outside a classroom window was far more interesting than other subjects. Not surprising then that he would combine his artistic ability with his love of animals. Although he would paint just about anything wildlife subjects were a real source of inspiration. A robin sitting on a garden fork or a squirrel collecting nuts were just two of the many creatures Pat portrayed. Visits to the local zoo were eagerly awaited and gave the young budding artist a chance to view the more exotic animals and birds. Eventually, a tiger, lion, cheetah, rhino' or zebra would have their portrait painted by Pat. Many have even had a face to face encounter with this likable artist.
A self-taught artist he spent much of his early working life as a draftsman and technical illustrator. Developing a style greatly influenced by the traditional or realist style his work is characterized by a meticulous attention to fine detail. He has exhibited successfully over the years with subjects as diverse as land & seascapes, portraits, still-life. However, it is the demanding field of wildlife art that has challenged and inspired Pat to produce the fine art works he is famous for.
Having traveled extensively Pat moved to Australia where he continued to sketch, paint and exhibit his work. Although the unique wildlife of Australia became a new source of inspiration, it was the animals and birds found in the America's, Europe, Africa and Asia that really interested him. It was an association with Sydney's famous Taronga Zoo and the NSW parks & Wildlife Foundation that lead to a 1981 one-man show at the zoo. Titled "Africa – Art and the Animals" it featured his beautiful oil paintings and unique pen & ink illustrations. The exhibition achieved the dual purpose of showing his work and an opportunity to raise funds for wildlife and the environment. Others shows have followed, many of which have raised valuable funds for such international organization as WWF. His work is represented in private and corporate collections in Europe, United States, Japan, and Australia.
Apart from exhibitions and commissions, Pat has produced work for a number of publications, from scientific and educational to a number of children's books. In 1989 he was commissioned by a Sydney publisher to illustrate a large format book titled "Australia's Endangered Wildlife". It was a project close to his heart and one which gave him a great deal of pleasure and pride. A cartoon character named "Koogee Koala" was created by Pat and turned into a children's book in 1996.
Not just an artist Pat's ability and versatility shines through in his writing and over the years he has produced numerous articles and short stories both fictional and non-fiction. He produced the catalog for his 1981 exhibition at Taronga Zoo, a publication that not only included a detailed account of each species but also an insight into their conservation status. Always willing to turn his hand to a worthwhile cause Pat has been a vocal advocate for conservation both in his writing and artwork.
It was his passion for animal and his love of cats which gave him the opportunity to write and show his work throughout the world. For many years he has worked on producing a book on cats, not just another publication on the subject, but something really special and unique, "THE ART OF WILD CATS - The Paintings and Illustrations of PATRICK WATSON" is that book.
The above project paved the way for a similar book published in 2011 by America's oldest university press Johns Hopkins. Titled "Small Wild Cats: The Animal Answer Guide" it was co-written by the artist and features a number of the artist's illustrations.
Pat continues to look for subjects to paint and write about, work on completing his unique book on wild cats, and above all, he will continue to work to save the world's wildlife and their fragile habitat.
Please note that apart from his unique wildlife portraits and illustrations Pat also paints land and seascapes, portraits, still life, figurative art, contemporary and abstract.
Regarding original artwork and prints for sale by the artist Patrick Watson (Pat Watson). Some artwork is being sold using his bio info under the name 'Watson' or others similar names. Please note that it's extremely important to check with the artist before purchasing any artwork. Also, the artist now includes a Certificate of Authenticity with all his original artwork.