Patricia Tewes Richards


Everything I paint is based on intense looking and my fascination with the natural world.

My process is taken from Pierre Bonnard and involves sketching and prolonged observation, which leads to a painting based on memory and my sketches and watercolors. I use my background in scientific observation in my painting practice, often focusing on small objects and scenes we overlook.

I have shown my work at Artport Kingston, Scope Miami Beach and after studying at the New York Studio School and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, I earned an MFA degree in Art Practice at the School of Visual Arts in New York in 2020.

I practiced medicine as an anesthesiologist and neuropharmacology researcher.


School of Visual Arts
MFA 2020 Thesis: Landscape Painting in the Anthropocene

School of the Art Institute of Chicago 2017
The New York Studio School 2015-2017

University of Chicago

MD 1982

Honors: Outstanding female medical student

University of Chicago

Thesis: Effects of d-Amphetamine and Diazepam on Human Behavioral Response 1981 Area of Concentration: Pharmacology and Physiology

University of Chicago

BA 1976

Major: Biological Sciences
Honors Thesis: Metabolism in B. Subtilis (undergraduate award for best thesis)




2019 State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs Artist Development Award 2019 Rokeby Artist Development Lab, Ferrisburgh VT

GROUP SHOWS (selected)
Anything Goes, Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota Florida

2020- Artport Kingston, Kingston New York
2020 Visions-School of Visual Arts juried graduation show

2019-Uncharted, Sarasota Florida
2019-SVA Flatiron Gallery New York New York
2018-Scope Art Fair, Art Basel Miami
Open Season, National Juried Show, Sarasota Florida 2017-Florida’s Finest, Sarasota Florida




  1. Modern Language Association, Panel, Painting the Plantocene, January 2021.

  2. Antennae, the Journal of Nature and Visual Culture. Botanical Impressions Ed. Giovanni Aloi. V. 51, pages 184-193, Summer 2020.