Pat Wiles is a horsewoman and grandmother as well as a nationally- known professional transparent watercolor artist and children’s book illustrator. Her paintings have appeared in galleries, museum exhibitions and juried art festivals throughout the United States including The Catherine Lorrilard Wolfe Exhibition of Women Representational Artists at the National Arts Club in New York, The Museum of the Great Plains in Oklahoma, and “Les Etoiles” at the Musee de Arte Helof in Paris, France. She is the creator of the popular, original “Rock Art Ponies” which sell on eBay and her work is represented in the Blue Spruce Gallery in Florence, CO, Rita’s Place in Guffey, CO, and The Artists’ Gallery in Canon City, CO.
Pat’s philosophy is that you cannot paint a horse properly if you have never brushed one. The more you experience, the better you paint. That is why her range of experience has stemmed from living on an Indian Reservation, riding wild bulls in Mexico, white-water canoeing the lower canyons of the Rio Grande River, backpacking through Europe, to raising a pack of wolves on a ranch in Colorado with much in between.
Pat was artist for a number of horse magazines including the Florida Horse, Arena News, Horse Tales and The Quarter Racing Record, and illustrator for many Texas Parks and Wildlife and General Land Office publications. She is the illustrator of the popular “Cowgirl Peg” children’s books including “Lonesome the Little Horse, His Mountain Adventure,” “Isabel Lives a Dream,” “Shortstuff Bucks” “Jazmine” “Watusi, The Horse That Wished He Wasn’t” and “Okey Dokey Okie”!
Pat created a number of illustrations for the “Geologic Guidebook to the Gold Belt Byway” for the Florissant Fossil Beds and created the Guffey, Colorado Centennial Postal Cancellation Stamp. Pat has exhibited in juried art festivals for over four decades throughout the United States.
Pat is a former member of the Texas Watercolor Society.
Pat has a Mustang rescue horse, and a little Paint mare that owns her heart.
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