Category Archives: Exhibits

Summer Art Season is Coming – New Works in Oil and Photography

Preparing for the summer season of shows, I am adding some photography to my repertoire. Both Russell and I have a photos in the Marin Society of Artists upcoming Images 2017 show at the Marin Society of Artists, June 15 to July 8 with a reception June 25. Also coming up: The Marin County Fair. Judging takes place in a couple of weeks and I plan on having several pieces of art in the show — paintings as well as a giclee. 

This has been a year of growth for me and I think you’ll be seeing some changes in my style. I learned a lot with Carol Smith Myer and her teachings are always with me. But my subject matter has shifted. The still lifes that were my focus in the classroom were great training and I return periodically to get my discipline back. But this past February the blizzard in New York City and the glow of the multicolored jumbo video screens created a surreal atmosphere that I was oh so happy to capture in this painting depicting stylized New Yorkers braving the elements in Times Square.  

18 x 24 oil painting of New York Times Square in winter. Art by Pat Meier-Johnson

Times Square Winter – 18 x 24 Oil on canvas by Pat Meier-Johnson

I so liked what evolved with Times Square Winter that my senses easily responded to a scene on the opposite coast, San Francisco. We had a great lunch with a friend of ours from Taiwan who was spending some weeks working in San Francisco. But she had yet to see the Cliff House on the far west tip of the Richmond District of San Francisco. We ordered up a window table and enjoyed the great lunch and the sparkling sun on the water. Heading out of the building on the water side, we leaned over the edge and saw a beautiful enormous mandala being carved in the sand. It was a meditation by the artist who even signed his work, only to have it washed away in the waves. By now the light was quite magical, reflecting the sky in the water and bringing out the gold tones in the sand. No wonder the state colors are blue and gold!  

Oil painting of Ocean Beach, San Francisco. Art by Pat Meier-Johnson

Ocean Beach San Francisco, 22 x 36 oil on canvas by Pat Meier-Johnson

People were walking their dogs and strolling while the waves, which typically can be quite brutal, were gentle that day and lapped at the sand, covering just the walkers’ toes. I grabbed my camera and snapped a bunch of pictures. This time it was mainly the long afternoon shadows that made the picture magical. 

Once I completed the picture, I did a video of it, scanning from figure to figure, dubbing in the sounds of the surf and a barking dog. I plan on posting it to Youtube and will link it here where I get a chance.

So you are seeing a shift in my work. I don’t know what quite to call it, but it’s different and I’m enjoying it.  Currently on my easel: Sonoma Hills. Stay tuned.

I’ll have lots more for you to see. And remember, if you like a work on my site but it’s not available or perhaps you have an art budget to maintain (don’t we all) ask me about limited edition giclees. I am so very happy with the quality of the giclees that I can barely tell the difference between them and my originals.

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Can it be that time of year again?

Marin Open Studios

Come see us at Marin Open Studios! Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, 2nd Floor, May 13-14 2017

It seemed like winter dragged on forever here in the San Francisco Bay Area. But now the sun is shining and creating brand new ways to see the world once again. In fact the weather is hot. Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched in DC this past weekend in sweltering heat opposing man-induced climate change, San Francisco Art Market took place at Fort Mason in gorgeous weather, and my thoughts are turning to Marin Open Studios #MOS2017.

Pat Meier-Johnson at Marin Open Studios gala gallery 2017

Pat Meier-Johnson artist at Marin Open Studios gala gallery 2017

I can tell you, this has been the wettest longest winter.  But my studio has changed from chilly to “throw open the doors and windows” in a matter of two days.  I can’t complain. Aside from time spent nursing a rotten cold, I spent a fair bit of time this winter in my studio and even used the gnarly season to inspire some new works including Times Square Winter and Ocean Beach San Francisco. More about that in a moment. But first, let me remind you that it is Open Studios time again. This year I am showcasing my work May 13 -14 at the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art 500 Palm Drive in Novato, California in the War Room (not my choice of names, but there you have it).  It’s on the second floor of the museum which is located on the old grounds of Hamilton Air Force Base. What was called Hamilton Field started in the 1920’s and was built in the 1930’s. It was an air defense base during WWII.  Now it’s a very nice complex of art studios, exhibition space and gift store. 

18 x 24 oil painting of New York Times Square in winter by Pat Meier-Johnson

Times Square Winter – 18 x 24 Oil on canvas by Pat Meier-Johnson

This past Friday was the official gala for Open Studios.  It was wall to wall people and I had to go back to grab this photo.  You can see my large painting, Desert Dancers along with many other works from regional Bay Area artists and #325 Town Center, Corte Madera.  We also donated a couple of works for a silent auction fundraiser. The new location is terrific. Overall the shopping center has a new pleasant updated look. The lighting in the gallery itself was great and the wall dividers elegant, lending themselves to a very nice display of the art.  I guess it’s a high quality problem when you have to say ‘scuse me when navigating the crowds. Check  But be sure to patronize the many artists’ own open studios dotted all around Marin County.  Guides are available all over the place and online at

I am particularly happy with this work: Times Square Winter. It’s a style that captured the light and action of Times Square during the snowstorms of February 2017 and was inspired by numerous photos of intrepid New Yorkers braving the elements. Every year in art, photography, in life in general is a year of growth and discovery. I love it. And I am so lucky to have my wonderful husband Russ who likes exploring and discovering as much as I do.

Earlier this month I went to the Art Market San Francisco at Fort Mason with Russ and my photographer friend, Judy Reed. A massive display of works presented by galleries and reps.  Some were clearly “trying too hard”, as Judy would say.  Surprising was what sells. A three-painting mid-century series that did not look very well executed was being lifted off the wall as we stood there, purchased by someone who maybe has a Palm Springs home… The nice thing about art is that there is something for everyone. There is no real right or wrong, and that’s the subject for another post about what we learned doing videos for Sonoma Plein Air, a non-profit that raises funds for art in public schools here in Sonoma Valley. Stay tuned. 

Now it is time to go to the studio and paint!  Marin Open Studios is right around the corner!




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What a Year of Art

Oil painting of grape pickers by Pat Meier-Johnson

The Pickers – oil painting by Pat Meier-Johnson (study) Wine Country Series

It has been quite a while since my last post. It’s been quite a year.  Travel and numerous art shows and commissions throughout the year have provided me with a real deadline…sometimes I need that kick in the pants.  I am finding great solace working in the studio. The noise of the election season continues and at times it is almost deafening. I feel like pulling a pillow over my head and going into hiding, but instead I put on some good music, set up the paints and get lost in the studio until Russ comes and hauls me out.(It’s always surprising how dark it is at the end of the day this time of year.)


I have opened an etsy store just for my closeout items.  Visit us at  I have a number of pieces that have been in shows and Open Studios and galleries. So I am running out of room as I make more pictures.  This might be a way of great way to pick up a real deal on original art as a gift for the holidays.  You can view and purchase my other works at my ongoing online store,  anytime.

In addition to numerous shows in Marin and Sonoma, I am honored that several of my paintings won awards this year including the following:

New Beginnnings: Honorable Mention – Marin County Fair

Painting of Sonoma Land Trust Baylands Restoration Project

New Beginnings (Sonoma Land Trust Restoration of Baylands) – 10 x 30 Oil Painting by Pat Meier-Johnson

The judges at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair awarded three of my paintings and two of Russ’ photos this year. I am particularly fond of these paintings – Piggy Dreams and The Toast, award-winners in the Agricultural and Lifestyle categories and a third prize winner, By Any Other Name:

Award-winning painting of sleeping pigs honored at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair

 Piggy Dreams – 16 x 20 oil painting on panel by Pat Meier-Johnson. Award-winning painting at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair 2016 

Artist Pat Meier-Johnson paints three girls celebrating with a glass of wine. Winner Sonoma Harvest Fair 2016

The Toast – 20 x 20 oil on canvas by Pat Meier-Johnson SOLD

Painting of autumn roses in Sonoma by Pat Meier-Johnson

By Any Other Name  – roses and peonies in a blue vase 12 x 12 oil on canvas by Pat Meier-Johnson

Russ and I have also been exhibiting together at Open Studios at the Marin Society of Artists and also currently have a show called “Side by Side” at the Parkpoint Health Club in Sonoma. Our reception was full of friends and we’ve met a number of new locals too.  The club is just a few blocks from our studio and a really nice place to work out.

Recently I have been doing some experimenting with colors, inspired by the bright hues of autumn.  This one in particular is a vineyard in southern Oregon. 

Oregon Vineyard in the afternoon - oil painting by Pat Meier-Johnson

Vineyard in the Afternoon (Study-Not for sale)

So come visit the online store and web site and even better, come visit when you’re in the neighborhood. I wish you the very best holiday season and a peaceful, happy 2017.

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