Pat Coomey Thornton

"Instances and unexpected encounters are a constant source of wonder and inspiration for my work. The complex circumstances of a life are tied to rhythms, patterns, dreams, wishes, and physical reality. We each exist on many levels simultaneously, with complex relationships and interactions being a part of what seems to be simple and basic.

I prefer to evoke ideas that are metaphoric and poetic, rather than to describe. I think the many components of an experience - and individual’s voice, a string of notes, a sudden motion, transitions and rhythms – are all elements capable of revealing insights about our worlds. I try to capture a sense of fleeting time, a glimpse of parts that suggest the whole, and the energy of a continuum. I hope to create a work where color, texture, and mark offer the observer an absorbing entrance to their own experiences and thoughts.

I seize upon nuances from my surroundings and life as points of departure. I simplify shapes to suggest their recognizable relatives, and I hope to generate more than one interpretation.

Line is important in my work and I envision it as a generative, time-based element. I attempt to weave together a surface of elements to create energy, tempo, and spatial relationships. Color is also a spatial, emotional and map-like factor.

I try to employ visual elements that will enable subtle dynamic changes of the visual hierarchy over time in order to create a continued dialogue."

Dedee Shattuck Gallery Exhibits:


Paint, Pattern, Print, Texture, 2014

Small Works, 2013

Small Works, 2012

John Havens Thornton and Pat Coomey Thornton, 2011

Inaugural Show, 2011


Additional works available, to inquire about works, please email or call 508-636-4177.    



M.F.A. Pius XII Institute, Florence Italy – Major in Painting - Minor Art History

(Studied with Renzo Chiarelli, Director, San Marco Museum, Museum of the Academy of Fine Arts, Library of the Uffizi Gallery; Luciano Berti, Director, Bargello Museum; Mario Bucci, Art Historian & Author; Mario Bizzarri, Director, Archaeological Museum, Florence, Italy)

B.F.A. Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA  - Painting


Massachusetts Artists Grant

Massachusetts Artist Foundation: Drawing Finalist

Painting Finalist

Ford Foundation Travel Grant


Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)

Special Assistant to the President

Institutional Engagement – Parents Program

Continuing Education  - Associate Director

Instructor Continuing Education -  Adult and PreCollege

School of the Worcester Art Museum / Affiliated with Clark University

Instructor – Drawing and Painting -  College level

Worcester Art Museum

Director Youth Art Programs/Continuing Education

Instructor Adult Education


Dedee Shattuck Gallery, Westport, MA • 2011

Judith Klein Gallery, New Bedford, MA • 2011

Clad-In, Wayland Square, Providence, RI • 2010

Rhode Island School of Design –

RISD Staff and Summer Show, Woods Gerry, Providence, RI • 2000 – 2007

Women in the Arts, Roger’s Gallery, Mattapoisett, MA • 2005

RISD Faculty Show, RISD Museum  2004

Fuller Art Museum, “The Ninth Biennial”, Brockton, MA  1999

Boston Center for the Arts, “The Drawing Show”, Boston, MA  1998

New Bedford Art Museum, New Bedford, MA  “Generations”  1997

Dartmouth Gallery, Dartmouth, MA  1994

Levinson-Kane Gallery, Boston, MA  1990

Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA   “Brandeis Collects” 1989

“Six Painters from Around Town”  1983 “Art of the State” 1982

Stavaridis Gallery: Boston, MA  1984

Cutler Stavaridis Gallery, Boston, MA  1980

Faculty Shows, Worcester Art Museum and Clark University


Meditech, Fall River, MA

Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

Paine Webber, N.Y., N.Y.

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