WILLSBORO - Patricia Reynolds has enjoyed the relative seclusion and amazing lake views of her Willsboro Point home and art studio for more than 40 years.
On Sunday, Aug. 8, she will be opening her studio to the public yet again for a look back at her prolific career as an award-winning artist and many of the stunning works she's produced.
A native of Westchester County, Reynolds moved to the North Country in 1953 and attended the State University of New York at Plattsburgh for a year before settling with her husband, Carlyle, in his hometown of Willsboro.
"I moved and came here because I love the country," Reynolds said, "I just felt a soul connection with it."
"It has everything to do with my inspiration," she added. "It's up to me to take it from there; to take the reality and deepen the mystery."
Largely self-taught, Reynolds developed a love of painting during her teenage years and continued to develop her skills. She exhibited several paintings at the Essex County Fair during the 1960's, winning Best in Show in 1968. Her career as a professional artist then took off from there.
"I improved, and there were certain people of influence that helped me," she said. "They respected my work and wanted to help me. I owe it all to a handful of patrons."
She has produced hundreds of works since then in a variety of media - watercolors, oils, acrylics, and even some collages. Her art has been featured in numerous exhibitions throughout the U.S. and abroad, winning some very prestigious awards along the way.
"If I had lived in another location, I might have gotten further ahead, but I don't know if I would have been as happy," she said.
Much of her work focuses on nature as she presents impressionistic views of scenery she's encountered on trips to Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean Islands. Still, the landscapes of the Adirondacks and the Champlain Valley, continue to be a major source of inspiration for her.