Patricia Corbett, an oil painter and from Wallingford, Connecticut, has painted abroad and across the east and west coast of the USA. She is well known for her paintings of Merritt Parkway landscapes and bridges rendered in a mix of the French and Californian impressionistic style. Her body of work also includes seascapes, figures and portraiture. Ms. Corbett was born the oldest of 13 children, six of whom went into visual arts.
Educated in Los Angeles, it was her childhood dream to become a painter, though as fortune would have it she instead traveled the world as a professional singer.
On retiring from the stage and screen in 2005 Ms. Corbett turned her focus back to art studying with nationally known oil painters such as Ron Rencher, whom she met at Scottsdale Art Institute, Don Demers, Kathy Anderson, Sherrie McGraw and John Massimino. She also pursued workshops in Italy with Will McCarthy and Sandra Wakeen, and at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris.
Ms. Corbett sees synergy between her careers as a professional singer and as a painter. Indeed, she credits singing for helping smooth her transition to the world of oil painting. “In art it is said ‘one must find one’s own voice.’ Expression in any art form requires reaching deep down into your soul and letting the emotions from your life pour out. In singing when you trust yourself to do that, you get what is a standing ovation! Music and art each have their own voices, though both are expressed as a dance with nature.”