Patrick Saunders

2018 Plein Air KC Featured Judges

Patrick Saunders

Patrick Saunders will be conducting an artist workshop exclusively for Plein Air KC artists.

“My art is the product of diligence in practice. I do not believe in talent. I believe that all of us have the potential to create art, if we choose to dedicate ourselves to the pursuit.”

Patrick Saunders is an artist, painting and creating art while traveling across North America in an Airstream Bambi with his photographer wife, Kimberly. He has studied with many renowned painters, including Mark English, Malcolm Liepke, Wilbur Niewald, Richard Schmid, and Burton Silverman. Painting a variety of subjects including portraits, pet portraits, landscapes, cityscapes, and florals – Patrick’s work is sold internationally.

Always seeking the next challenge, Patrick has worked as an illustrator, designer, animator, educator, musician, entrepreneur, and a fine artist. Throughout his career, Patrick has been recognized by his peers for outstanding work, earning awards from the American Advertising Federation, the International Academy of the Visual Arts, the Web Marketing Association, the Society of Illustrators, and Communication Arts. He was featured by Southwest Art Magazine as one of their 21 Artists to Watch Under 31. His students at the Kansas City Art Institute voted to honor Patrick with the award for Educator of the Year. In 2013, Patrick turned his attention to plein air painting, winning awards at numerous nationally recognized competitions including Plein Air Easton, Easels In Frederick, En Plein Air Texas, Telluride Plein Air, Richmond Plein Air and Paint the Peninsula.

Patrick is a Signature Member of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association and a Signatue Member of the Oil Painters of America.

Pet portraiture is a passion shared with his wife Kimberly. Please view her work at

Patrick is represented in Kansas City by Eva Reynolds Fine Arts, Inc.

Workshop Description:

Skill level: Basic drawing and painting knowledge

Class size: 15 max.

Mediums accepted: Oil & Acrylic

Explore the essential techniques for painting outdoors from direct observation with award winning plein air painter Patrick Saunders. Learn about choosing a subject and composition, establishing values and color temperature, simplifying the subject and painting rapidly. The morning will include a full demonstration and there will be opportunities to paint multiple paintings throughout the day with frequent one-on-one instruction. Class size is limited to 15, so that each student can receive the maximum amount of interaction with the instructor. A suggested materials list will be provided upon registration.


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