Patty Rae Wellborn

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We introduce to you Patty Rae Wellborn. We couldn't be prouder to identify her as our gallery's first featured artist.  This global gallery offers a new venue for exposure to the global community of collectors and art enthusiasts.  The gallery offers the opportunity to develop a personal relationship with our special artists through blogs, interviews, virtual gallery and studio visits or email.  This develops a path to solve the age-old problem of artists’ works isolated to a gallery or other venue but not personally present as you would find them in their studio.  In the traditional gallery the collector must travel to the gallery but would not have the opportunity of seeing and being with the artist in their studio.  With new technology collectors can visit and engage with the artist in realtime.

- The Board

As the board and I looked for someone who would be the first artist introduced by the gallery, we searched intensely for an artist that had all the abilities and talent for which we were searching. We found that artist in Patty Rae Wellborn.  What came next was the most delightful experience, that being with Patty Rae you get the calm assurance of one who paints on canvas the inner-most parts of her soul and spirit. As you peruse her gallery perhaps you will find a fitting together of an imagined vision of your dwelling place. For me personally, it is important that what I see gives me a sense of comfort and quiet joy.

"My earliest memory of drawing is from around the age of three years old. I remember drawing a picture of my grandmother’s goldfish. It's a vivid memory. I'm the oldest of the grandchildren. I was sitting alone at the coffee table. I remember the adults were sitting in the kitchen area. I can't remember anything anyone said, but I remember my thought process. I was drawing circles with lines streaming from them all in one direction. I was amazed at how those lines made the little circular fish look like they were swimming. That is when I became aware of the power of lines in a drawing. In the abstract I paint today,I continue to use the power of lines to create movement and interest in my paintings and drawings." - Patty Rae Wellborn

"When I was a child, my mother encouraged playing with art supplies. I enjoy the physicality of oil paint. In fact, I was allowed to play outside in mud. I would build houses and carve out roads and try to make lakes (which never seemed to hold the water). Smearing paint around is much like playing in multiple colors of pigmented mud. I apply paint in many layers, using mediums such as Gamblin's cold wax or Liquin's impasto medium to build up texture. I use a multitude of tools to create texture or crevices in the paint. Working on several paintings at a time allows for the multiple layers and glazes that I add along the way to dry so that I can scrape into the top layers to reveal the layers of color underneath. It's a very exciting process for me and I get lost in my work for hours at a time." - Patty Rae Wellborn

Patty Rae Wellborn CV

Updated Sept 2019


FASO 15% Award April 2020

Invited   Grand Opening Oak Arbor Event Venue Art Show and live painter   May 2020

Pecan Plantation Art Guild Granbury, Tx Painting Demonstration    August 2020

Invited Instructor  "Art Like a Local" Center for Contemporary Arts Abilene, Tx  Sept 2020

Expressive Portrait Painting Workshop  Raw 1899 San Angelo, Tx Sept 2020

Invited Center for Contemporary Arts Juried Show  Oct 2020 Thomas Motley Juror

Creative Arts Club Abilene, TX   Painting Demonstration  Oct 2020


Solo Exhibit  Monk's Coffee House   December 2019 -March 31, 2020

Invited TVAA   "Atavism" Dallas, Texas  September 2019   Jonathan Carroll, Juror

Invited Fall Gallery Night 2019     In Ft Worth, Texas

Weiler House Fine Art Gallery    "Side by Side" With Walker Wellborn

Invited Raw 1899 September Group Show    San Angelo, Texas

Accepted Precious Metals Show TVAA Gallery Dallas, Texas

Honorable Mention Curated by Ju Ju Bartosh

Juror Lake Country Art Show   August 2019 Graham, Texas  

Honorable Mention  "Hot Child in the City" 2019

TVAA Gallery Dallas, Texas   Curated by Deborah Viestenz

Best in Show TVAA July 2019 Show "Expressions" TVAA Gallery   Curated by  Lina RinconDallas, Texas

Expressions  Solo Exhibition," Inquire Within”May 22nd -July 6th  2019

Center for Contemporary Arts, Abilene, Texas

1st Place Ribbon  for "Procession" TVAA Gallery   May 2019 Show Dallas, Texas

Conclave of Color, Shape and Pattern Curated by Charles Wallis

Accepted 30th Anniversary Group Show April 2019

Center for Contemporary Arts    Abilene, Texas

Solo Exhibit      Brownwood Art Center March 2019 Brownwood, Texas

Accepted 21st Annual Starts of Texas Show

2019      Brownwood, Texas       Curated by   Pat Gabriel

Accepted TVAA      Love and Hurt Show February 2019

TVAA Gallery Dallas, Texas

TVAA   New Member Show January 2019      TVAA Gallery   Dallas, Texas

​how "Untamed"​ Raw 1899 Gallery  San Angelo, Texas

Storybook Attic Show Center for Contemporary Arts   Kacy Latham, Curator

Juror, Young Masters Art Competition   Abilene, Texas

Juror, Mc Murry Student Exhibition  Mc Murry University, Abilene, Texas

Juror, Group Exhibition    San Angelo Art Club  

Solo Exhibition, “Color in Motion” January 2019 Center for Contemporary  Arts

Abilene, Texas

Accepted 20th Annual Stars of Texas Annual Show Brownwood, Texas   Randy Bacon, Curator  


Solo Exhibition "Joyful Abstraction"Mike Lanier's Studio 13    Abilene, Texas

Solo Exhibition  Drawn to Abstraction

Raw 1899 Art Gallery     San Angelo, Texas

Panel of Women -  Abilene Women in The Visual Arts Celebration

Curators Talk by Judy Deaton     The Grace Museum, Abilene, Texas

Charles and Kay Beth Stavley Award

19th Annual Stars of Texas Curated by Ben Sum     Brownwood, Texas  2017

19th Annual ​Stars of Texas Paint-Off       Best Overall

Brownwood,Texas    Curator Randy Bacon


Best of Show  "Winter" Curated by Milessa Murphy Stewart

Downtown Gallery December 2018 Dallas, Texas

Solo Exhibit Breckenridge Fine Arts Center   December/January Breckenridge, Texas

Solo Exhibit, Monks Coffee House November /December 2018   Abilene, Texas

Accepted, Center for Contemporary Arts  National  Show   Curated by James Surls

Invited, Group S


Solo Exhibition, Patty Rae Wellborn     The Art Center, Brownwood, Texas

First Place Oil Lake Country Art Show and Honorable Mention   Graham, Texas

Accepted, Midland Arts Association Biennial Juried Exhibition

Museum of The Southwest, Midland, Texas

Accepted, National  Show     Breckenridge Fine Arts Museum

Breckenridge, Texas    Bill Ryan, Curator

Third Place, Oil on Canvas      San Angelo Art Club Annual Exhibition    San Angelo, Texas


Accepted, National Competition  Breckenridge Museum of Fine Arts

Breckenridge, Texas   Randy Meador, Juror

Solo Exhibit, Recent Works of Patty Rae Wellborn

Amy Graves Fine Art Center, McMurry University,      Abilene, Texas


Award of Merit      6th Annual  National Fine Art Competition

Old Post Office Museum & Art Center, Graham, Texas     Tony Eubanks Juror


"Drawn Together"   Duo Exhibit  Patty Rae and Dub Wellborn

Center for Contemporary Arts, Abilene, Texas

Juror, Miniature Exhibition

Sponsored by Ballinger Art Group Ballinger, Texas


Off Your Rocker Three-woman exhibition

with Terry Knight and Burgess Thomas

Center for Contemporary Arts, Abilene, Texas


Artist Member President 2008 and 2019

Center for Contemporary Arts, Abilene, TX

Creative Arts Club of Abilene, Tx

Texas Art Coalition

Texas Visual Arts Association

Juror West Texas Fair & Rodeo

Youth Fine Arts  throughout 1990's


Article, Wellborn Puts ‘Color in Motion’, Abilene Scene Magazine, Zachry Publications, Jan/Feb.2018

Article, Abilene Scene Magazine, Zachry Publications, April/May 2013

Article, Abilene Scene Magazine, Zachry Publications, June/July 2013

I Like It When You Read to Me,    Children’s book by Glenn Dromgoole

Illustrations by Patty Rae Wellborn