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Trevor Patterson


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Trevor Patterson is a self-taught artist who always doodled in school and learned the basics as a child from his artistic mother, Patricia Patterson, and artist grandmother Dorothy Epic. "My mom taught us to do things with paint, clay pieces and magnets when we were bored," he said. "I found my grandmother's paints in the garage one day with a bunch of crappy brushes, but I didn't care, I just started painting."

Seized with Van Gogh's manifest use of color, he started in acrylics but quickly turned to oil, a medium that "felt so much better" but took weeks to dry, a period of nervous reflection for each impression. He immersed himself in art books and art history, studying the works of hundreds of painters but seizing his current inspiration from Salvador Dali and Renee Margretti. His first show in high school was a critical success, but when a friend, Carol Marsh, started hanging his art in the Gleneden Beach office of chiropractor Mark Stern, Trevor began selling his work. The Four Seasons Gallery also carried his art, which proved a commercial success. "I thought when I started painting that I could go places with this," said Trevor, whose vivid dreams often set his brush into motion.

An important step on his road to success is winning the WJW Foundation prize. As a result, dozens of his works will go on display in an upcoming private show at The Silver Heron Gallery. Proceeds from the event will help the foundation in its cause.

"Trevor's art is imaginative, bold, confident, and well beyond his years because he's been painting since childhood," said Talley, who has been buying "name" artists for 30 years. "He is already accomplished in the surrealistic form. You'll see his name in the magazines before long."

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