|Patris - the painter and the
Hopper, Wyeth, and Sisley.
The Oak Park house and studio
and pink Karmann Ghia.
The avid golfer, Cuong
Born as Patti Miller, Patris grew up in northwest Montana,
surrounded by mountains, towering pines, and flowing rivers.
However, teen years turned turbulent and after high school,
two choices emerged: Go to art school or enroll in bible
college and straighten out her troubled life.
Leaving art dreams behind, Patti enrolled at Crown College.
She befriended and tutored Southeast Asian refugees whose
struggles in a new language and culture made their studies
nearly impossible. They taught her about their culture,
customs and language and she considered teaching English in
the Thai refugee camps.
Instead of Thailand, she moved to Minneapolis and worked to
pay off her college debt before moving to California where a
multitude of Southeast Asian refugees had settled. In
Sacramento, she enrolled at Sacramento State University to
obtain a teaching credential and a Masters Degree in English
Language Development. For several years, Patti worked as a
Language Development Specialist, teaching English to
Southeast Asian refugee children in a model ESL program.
Restlessness prompted her to work part-time and devote her
time to neighborhood improvement projects in Oak Park
where she lived. Volunteer work offered invaluable
experiences, new acquaintances, and opportunities to help
launch some major accomplishments in the community. When
her mother died of cancer, questions about life and purpose
plagued Patris' mind. Months of soul searching rekindled a
love for art repressed since high school and in 1998 she
enrolled in art classes at Sacramento City College. Choosing
the artist name Patris, she resolved to support Oak Park
revitalization efforts, pay tribute to her mother and honor God
with her art.
In addition to her vivid images of local landscapes and urban
images, her work focuses on the beauty and charm of Oak
Park - as one of her greatest aspirations is to help her
community overcome the negative influences embedded
there. Patris celebrates the renaissance of Oak Park and
invites others to discover the treasures of Sacramento's
earliest established suburb.
On July 14, 2012, Patris relocated her studio, gallery and art
center from the corner of 12th and S in downtown
Sacramento into the Oak Park Historic District to become a
major player in the flourishing revitalization efforts underway
there. Now the Patris Studio and Gallery- Northern
California's premier art venue for art classes, life
drawing/painting sessions, art exhibits and much more-- is a
flourishing mecca for artists and art lovers from near and far,
from beginner to professional, from young to old, to come
together in the creative art spirit.
Patris Studio and Art Gallery:
Education. Environment. Exhibition. Enterprise.