Self Portrait, charcoal
P A T R I C I A R I D G E B R A D L E Y
Patricia Ridge Bradley grew up on the open plains of northeastern Oklahoma in the small town of Enid. Music, drama, and fine arts were emphasized in school, and she excelled in fine art from elementary to high school. She earned a BFA with an emphasis on drawing from Oklahoma State University, then apprenticed for an advertising agency that provided a crash course in design and illustration. She founded Bradley Studios in 1980, starting a 35-year career as a free-lance graphic designer in Colorado, Texas, and Oklahoma.
In 2015, Patricia returned to fine art, working in charcoal, pastel and oil. She enjoys drawing and painting the figure, portraiture, still life, landscapes, cityscapes, and western themes in a representational style. Her technique ranges from very loose and spontaneous to meticulously rendered. Patricia has studied extensively with Leslie Lienau, Mike Wimmer, and Glen Thomas, and has taken workshops with Huihan Liu, Clive Tyler, Jude Tolar, Jeremy Lipking, Susan Lyon, Kim English, Michelle Dunaway, Derek Penix, Dan Robinson, Lance Hunter, Dale Martin, Sarah Sedwick, Kerry Dunn, and Scott Waddell.
Patricia teaches classes and workshops in graphite, charcoal and soft pastels. She has demonstrated for several arts organizations in Oklahoma, and donates her time and works to charitable arts causes. She recently completed a 4-part video demonstration for the Oklahoma Pastel Society.
Patricia loves to travel and paint in Europe and the United States. She, her husband, and daughter divide their time between Coweta, Oklahoma, and cabins in the the hills of northeastern Oklahoma and the northern mountains of New Mexico.
Patricia is a member of the following professional organizations:
American Women Artists, Associate Member with Distinction
Women Artists of the West, Associate Member
Portrait Society of America, Member
Oil Painters of America, Associate Member
International Association of Pastel Societies, Member
Muskogee Art Guild, Board Member
Oklahoma Artists Guild, Member
Oklahoma Pastel Society, Member