Pat is a native of California and currently lives in southern Arizona where she is enjoys painting the native flora of the Sonoran Desert region. After retirement in 1995, and then traveling in their RV for eight years, Pat and her husband Jerry put down roots in this breathtaking region.
The travel and the years of living in Central California’s San Joaquin Valley made her appreciate the exciting beauty of flowers, which have become her specialty. Right now she is concentrating on cactus blossoms. Every spring the desert comes alive with colorful beauty she feels one should see personally to really appreciate.
By combining wet-in-wet and dry brush techniques, soft and hard edges, vibrant color, and intimate blossom views, Pat creates powerful, near three-dimensional paintings. People don’t usually relate bold, hard-edged, detailed images with the watercolor medium, but Pat’s techniques produce vivid paintings that capture the essence of nature’s bounty.
Dunbar’s artistic skill is mostly self-taught, and she believes her talent is truly a gift from God. Pat has also found that teaching watercolor classes has enhanced her skills. The joy of watching a student’s eyes glow when they “get it” is a thrill that only the sharing of her skills can provide. Giving back through this classroom activity is very important to Pat.
Besides her love of watercolor, other media she finds exciting are pastel, scratch board, pen & ink, and gourd art.
Pat is a member of the Huachuca Art Association in Sierra Vista, Arizona. You can reach Pat at: