Patti Gildersleeve’s early years were filled with a wonder for nature inspired by the beauty of Hawaii: turquoise oceans, crashing waves, brightly colored flowering trees, fragrant flowers, rainbows, and softly glowing sunsets. Her need to express what she was experiencing around her through art began with a watercolor painting of the sunset glow on crashing waves when she was in grammar school on Oahu.
Since then art has continued to be her touchstone…as an art major in college, continuing art studies while raising a family, and during her 25-year computer graphics career. In 2004, Patti began focusing on plein air paintings with soft pastels and in 2014, her first love, oil painting. She is fascinated by the challenge of expressing this precious gift of life through painting: exploring color, value, composition, light, rhythm, and mood. Always an admirer of the Impressionists, she challenges herself to be expressively bold with strokes and colors. An impression of the moment, not a photo depiction, is her goal. In 2013, Patti moved from California to Maui to become a full-time artist.