Studio 608D | Instructor at the Workhouse
Media: Oil Painting on Linen, panel or copper plate, Drawing in Charcoal, Pastel or Silverpoint. Hand gilded Venetian frames.
Patricia McMahon Rice is an award-winning artist specializing in fine art oil paintings in the Classical Realist tradition. Patricia has been teaching, drawing and painting portraits on commission since 1996, and learned her craft from some of the best artists in the country. Since 2004, she has studied under the award-winning American artist Robert Liberace, a prolific painter who was given the distinction of “Living Master” by the Art Renewal Center in 2013. Under Mr. Liberace’s instruction, Patricia spent time studying classical methods and materials, and developed a deep appreciation for these centuries-old techniques. Her artistic approach combines a thoughtful blend of past and present, using time-honored techniques and materials of the great masters while adding her own contemporary flare, resulting in works of art that are aesthetically beautiful and unmistakably unique. Silverpoint drawings, a method of drawing with a stick of sterling silver, and oil paintings on copper, a surface used by Dutch and Spanish masters during the Baroque Period, have since become two of her specialties, and points of distinction.
Patricia’s paintings have won numerous awards. In 2006, her portrait in oil, “Day Dreaming,” was a Finalist in the Portrait Society of America’s Tri-State Portrait Competition. In 2009, 2010, 2014, 2016 and 2017 she has won National Recognition in the Portrait Society’s “Members Only” Competition, twice for pastel portraits, twice for portraits on copper and twice for paintings on linen. In 2014, she received a Certificate of Excellence in the Portrait Society’s International Portrait Competition for her painting on copper, titled “Lauren.”