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Over the years, my art interests have been diversified. As a child, I always drew people and faces. In the evolution of my art world the work transitioned from those early attempts to landscape, to fantasy, to abstract, then still life and florals and back to an abstracted view. Inspiration comes from dreams, my mind's eye and travel. The quest for challenge keeps my imagination seeking new solutions. Being a professional artist is sometimes frustrating, but it is always eventually satisfying and really is an exciting profession.

Born and raised in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Moved to California in 1981.


* University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh: Bachelor of Fine Arts- 1980 * Cardinal Stritch College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin- 1978 * American Academy of Art, Chicago, Illinois- 1977-78 * University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Extension 1974-76* * Zhejiang Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China- 1985 * Continuing education with Intensive Studies Seminar- 1996, 1998, 2000 , 2002 and 2004 * Additional workshops: Louise Cadillac-2003; Mary Todd Beam-2002; Marilyn Hughey Phillis-1986; Carole Barnes-1985; Virginia Cobb-1984; and Barbara Nechis-1983 * Famous Artist's Correspondence Course, 1961 completed 1964



* 41st Annual Western Federation of Watercolor Societies- 2016 Award

* Rocky Mountain National Watercolor Society National Show- 2012 (Cover of Catalog), 2014, 2015 , 2017 (Received Signature Status - RMNW)

* Signature American Watercolor Exhibition- 2013, 2014, 2015

* San Diego Watercolor Society International Exhibition- 2013, 2014, 2015 (Received Signature Status SDWS)

* Watercolor West- 2015

* California Watercolor Association- 2015, 2018

* Lodi California Art Annual- 2013 Award

* Crocker/Kingsley Competition- 2012

* Western Colorado National Exhibition- 2004 and 2009

* Missouri National Juried Watercolor Society Show-Award of Distinction- 2008

* Painting selected for the Lincoln Library public art collection, Lincoln, California- 2007

* Roseville California Arts Center National Juried Show: Best of Show- 1997

* Sacramento Arts Center National Juried Show: Second Place- 1989

* Lodi California Art Annual: First Place- 1988

* California State Fair: Award of Excellence- 1988

* Invited to paint 2 wooden 'Easter Eggs' for the 108th Annual White House Easter Egg Roll- 1986

* Watercolor Artists of Sacramento Horizon Open Juried Show: Second Place- 1987

* Midwest Watercolor Society: painting selected- 1979, 1980, 6198

* Midwest Watercolor Society: Nels Brostad Award- 1986. Received Signature Status (MWS).

* MWS Organization changed name to Transparent Watercolor Society of America- now (TWSA)

* International Society of Experimental Artists- 2018


* Co-founder of the Art Studio Trek tour (first tour 2007- 13 year anniversary in 2019)

* Patricia Abraham Home Studio, Roseville, California


The Artistic Touch 4 2010- The Book Club; Christine Unwin* The Artistic Touch 1995- September Song; Christine Unwin * The Artistic Touch 3 1999- Still Life with Striped Cloth, Christine Unwin * Bentley House Prints, 1990-1994 * "Watercolor Painting 101-A Workbook from the Patricia Abraham Classes"- computer printed. Author: Patricia Abraham*The Art of Layering-Making Connections, The Society of Layerists in Multi-Media- Painting: Moonstone Tidepool, 2004


Teaching career began in 1973 in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. 1997-2017 taught 3 weekly paintings classes for the City of Roseville, California Parks and Recreation. * 1985 to present: Taught workshops- San Juan Islands, Washington; Alaska; Hawaii; Peninsula Art School, Wisconsin; Taos and Ghost Ranch, New Mexico; Asilomar, Mendocino, Lake Tahoe, California; and Provence, France * Founder of California Watercolor Workshops, Ltd: 1985

SHOWS * Solo Shows: 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, and 2001 * Group Shows: 1985, 1989 , 1991, 2009 and 2010 * Art Studio Trek annual art tour * Annual Placer County California Studio Tour * Artist in Residence: Roseville California Arts Center- 1997

AFFILIATIONS * Signature member since 2015 San Diego Watercolor Society * Signature Member since 1986 Transparent Watercolor Society of America (formerly Midwest Watercolor Society) * Society of Layerists in Multi-Media * Associate Member: American Watercolor Society * Associate Member: National Watercolor Society * Placer County California Art League * Roseville California Arts Center * Crocker Art Museum- Sacramento, California


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