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Pat Banks

About the Artist

Pat was born in Mansfield Ohio, February 1955, raised in Evansville Indiana and went “home” every chance she got with her family to eastern Kentucky where the rest of the extended family were. She now lives and works in her studio/home that she and her husband, Alan, built in northern Madison County. Alan is the Director for the Center for Appalachian Studies at EKU and a Sociologist. They have two wonderful grown sons, raise a vegetable/flower garden, keep about ten cats (outside) and have a gorgeous lab named Cinnamon. Pat has been painting all of her life. Her travels, gardens and adventures, influence and inspire her work. She is also the Kentucky Riverkeeper.


Pat works primarily in watercolor and acrylics. Painting is the lens she uses to explore and interpret the world, especially eastern Kentucky, her home. The beauty of the hills, valleys and rivers inspires the expression of an artist and the concern of an environmentalist. Taking the time to walk paths in the woods and fields, float down the eternal streams, rivers and study the “wild things” brings the appreciation of the preciousness and fragility of this wondrous place. Her watercolor techniques have developed over time. She starts most paintings with lots of water, then slowly builds the color and value with transparent layers of controlled washes, finishing with fine brush work.

Pat’s work is featured in various publications and shown through various venues through out the region; juried fairs, shows, events and galleries. She has been a visiting artist to Japan, Ecuador and France. She is a veteran Roster Artist with the Kentucky Arts Council, KPAN advisor, Visual Artist at the Market and member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen.

Galleries in the region

The Artisan Center – Berea KY – 859.985.5448
Kaviar Forge Gallery – Louisville KY – 502.561.0377
Gallery on Main – Richmond KY – 859.527.3334
Main Cross Gallery – Lexington KY – 859.258.9863
Lexington Antique Gallery – Lexington KY – 859.489.5552
Damselfly Studio and Gallery – Midway KY – 859.494.8760