Patricia Qualls grew up on a modest farm in the Tennessee Valley, eventually finding her way to Carmel Valley where she now resides. Patricia has an executive MBA from Pepperdine University and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Having discovered her artistic passion, Patricia is now a highly recognized expressionist artist, working full time in her art studio in Carmel Valley.
Qualls follows the rich traditions explored by many of the great expressionist artists of the early-to-mid twentieth century such as Sam Francis, Helen Frankenthaler, Hassel Smith, Robert Rauschenberg, Joan Mitchell, and Jackson Pollock. Qualls quickly gravitated to the ‘purity’ of expressionism, allowing for the physicality and spontaneity of the moment to move paint on canvas without influence or judgment from the outside. Frankenthaler called it “joyous abandon” and Qualls refers to it as having freedom to experiment. In some of her work, one can see influences of dripping from Pollock and Mitchell, staining and rubbing from Frankenthaler, with each layer of texture connected through scraping and large brush strokes. And like Francis, Qualls integrates light into all aspects of her work as she believes light is something each and every one of us is drawn to, offering hope and healing. Qualls’ work has been exhibited in numerous galleries throughout the western United States and is part of the George Blair permanent collection at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento.
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