Castle Spring Studio
103 Castleton Ford Road
Castleton, VA 22716
Patricia Underwood is a mixed media artist who trained as a printmaker. Her work has been described as evocative, complex and richly textured. Her love of diverse materials is always present whether it is wax, wood veneer, beads, hand-made paper or bathroom caulking. The content usually deals with complex social issues or underdogs - innocent children in Afghanistan, gays fighting for their right to human sexual dignity or the planet itself fighting for its existence.
"My work encompasses nature, human spirituality and healing. To understand the term "richly textured" you must see my work in the flesh. The materials have a life and a spirit, and putting combinations of them together is not merely an academic exercise in color. For me, there is a most decided spiritual nature to these beads and pulp and wax. There is a visceral language to all the materials I use."
Patricia Underwood is represented at the Middle St. Gallery as well as Parish Gallery in Washington, DC. She has also exhibited nationally and internationally, at venues including the Corcoran Museum and two solo shows in Warsaw in 2007. Her work is included in numerous private collections as well as the Artist's Book Collection of the National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington, DC., and several other institutional collections.
Patricia Underwood received her BFA in Drawing and Advertising from Miami University of Ohio and her MFA in Printmaking from Washington University, St. Louis. She has taught and lectured at Montgomery College and at the Maryland Institute, College of Art.