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 northwestern 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 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, 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, oil, and acrylic. 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 with Leslie Lienau, Mike Wimmer, Glen Thomas, Huihan Liu, Clive Tyler, Jude Tolar, Jeremy Lipking, Susan Lyon, Michael Bergt, Kim English, Michelle Dunaway, Natasha Isenhour, Derek Penix, Dan Robinson, Lance Hunter, Dale Martin, Sarah Sedwick, Kerry Dunn, and Scott Waddell.
Patricia currently teaches classes and workshops in graphite, charcoal and soft pastels for beginning to advanced students. In 2009, she founded a fine art school where she taught students from 7 to 90 years old. She has done portrait, still life and landscape demonstrations in pastel and charcoal for several arts associations in Oklahoma, and donates artwork to select charitable organizations. In 2020, Patricia self-produced a 4-part video portrait demonstration in soft pastel for the Oklahoma Pastel Society.
Patricia loves to travel and paint in Europe and the United States, especially New Mexico. She and her husband live in Coweta, Oklahoma, and enjoy their cabin located in the the wooded hills near Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Their daughter lives and works in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Patricia is a member of the following professional organizations:
Oil Painters of America, Associate Member
Pastel Society of America, Associate Member
American Impressionist Society, Associate Member
Portrait Society of America, Member
Women Artists of the West, Associate Member
American Women Artists, Associate Member with Distinction
International Association of Pastel Societies, Member
Muskogee Art Guild, Member
Oklahoma Pastel Society, Member