Pat Ricci graduated from Mt. Mary University, Milwaukee with a degree in Art and Elementary Education. After 28 years of teaching, she retired and began taking workshops in watercolor painting from Karlyn Holman and others. While living in the woods of Northwest Wisconsin, Pat painted a series of historic buildings on Red Cedar Lake built by Frank Stout
(Lumber Barron). The originals and reproductions appeal to vacationers and locals in the area. Her donated prints have helped raise funds for the local food pantry, the school district, the Pink Ribbon of Barron County, and other organizations over the years. Prints with her artwork can be ordered from her Fine Art America site - (https://patricia-ricci.pixels.com)
Pat moved to Cape Coral to get away from the cold winters up north. At the Cape Coral Art League, she took classes and workshops to “brush up” on skills to use back in Birchwood, teaching senior citizens in the summer.
She now teaches “Watercolor for Beginners Plus”, here at the Art League during the winter months.
Seeing colors change as paints are mingled or layered; watching a sprinkle of salt creates a sparkle; and realizing there are ways to fix mistakes for the better, are some of the mysteries found in painting with watercolor. Pat has seen firsthand how engaging in this new activity has helped in other areas of life for students: renewing a sense of wonder, building confidence through the challenges of new learning, meeting new friends, or just having fun.