Patricia McManus is an impressionistic painter.
She started painting in 2005. She had never picked up a brush before but was encouraged to do so as a means of expression and also a way to deal with chronic pain. She started with oils and moved into acrylics and water color, acrylics being her medium of choice. She learned on her own, basically, taking a class here and there. Her developing skills served her well as she progressed through having to leave work for health reasons. "Painting has helped me in so many ways" she says, " I finally have an outlet for the everyday problems that everyone faces but overwhelmed me. I can now associate with people who have a lot of talent, at the Montreal Art Centre and learn from them through watching and asking questions. When the pain is bad, I paint in bright colors which elevates my mood and I can express just how happy I am inside".Pat's preferred subjects are urban scenes and old buildings. "Nothing has as much charm and as many stories to tell than old homes, barns, and historic buildings" she says. Painting is her pal, and is always there for her!