Pat Tolle, Oil Paint Artist, Mukilteo, WA

Born in Michigan in 1948, and raised in Santa Barbara, Pat studied fine art at Brooks Art Institute, Santa Barbara and Chouinard Art Institute, Los Angeles, before moving to Kauai and working in a studio loft above a foreign-car repair garage, emerging as an award-winning artist. She moved to the Northwest in the early ‘80s, and is represented by the Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery, Bellevue. Over the last 40 years, she has exhibited throughout Washington State, as well as galleries in Livingston, MT and Vail, CO. In 2002 Pat received a commission to create a major artwork for the University of Washington, Bothell. Her work is found in public and private collections, including UW Hospital, City of Lynnwood, and Georgia Power, Atlanta. Pat’s goal “… is a marriage of recognizable actuality to abstract wonder.”