Patricia Buckley Moss is active/lives in Virginia, New York. Patricia Moss is known for abstract/realist rural image landscape and genre watercolor painting.
Biography from the Archives of askART
Patricia Buckley Moss was born in 1933 in the Richmond Borough of New York City and was the second of three children of an Irish American/Sicilian marriage. In grade school, she was perceived as a poor student, a circumstance probably attributable to dyslexia which is a generally misunderstood reading and perceptional "disorder". Nonetheless, one of her teachers determined that this little girl who was "Not Proficient In Anything" was artistically gifted. This outside opinion helped to convince Pat's mother to enroll her daughter in a public school for girls in downtown Manhattan: the Washington Irving High School for the Fine Arts. It was there, in what obviously was a friendly learning environment, that Pat's artistic abilities were finally encouraged and seriously nourished.
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In 1951 Pat received a scholarship to New York's Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, and she studied there for four years and specialized in fine arts and graphic design. Known for its intellectual rigor, the Cooper Union encouraged Pat to seek a more personal expression of her ideas through her art. Intense study and discussions with professors and fellow students expanded Pat's artistic horizons and gave birth to her freely expressive style of painting, often rich in religious symbolism.
In 1964, Pat's husband's work took his family, by then five children
with a sixth child on the way to Waynesboro in the Shenandoah Valley of
Virginia. It was here that she came to appreciate the quiet beauty of
rural scenery and to know the picturesque and deeply religious Amish and
Mennonite "plain" people. Soon, she was incorporating these new
elements into her art creating an impetus that revitalized her artistic
career and reignited her ambitions.
She devotes a great deal of her time and effort to helping others through her P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children's Education, devoted to promoting the use of art in the classroom, especially as a means to teach children with learning differences. In 1989 the P. Buckley Moss Museum opened in Waynesboro, Virginia. Its stated purpose is to permanently record and illuminate the Moss phenomenon through educational exhibitions, lectures, permanent collections and archival files.
Today the Museum attracts approximately 45,000 visitors per year. It has become a place for people to "rediscover" some of the traditional meanings and potential consequences of art. Pat Moss' story is told and illustrated over and over in the Museum's main gallery.
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