Patrick Okrasinski

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Patrick Okrasinski

Aged 22

Florence Academy of Art US

Instructor(s): Jordan Sokol, Stephen Bauman, Amaya Gurpide, Cornelia Hernes, Edmond Rochat

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  • Artworks

Bruce

Oil on Linen

71.12 x 35.56 cms (28 x 14 ins)

Freddy

Oil on Linen

76.2 x 40.64 cms (30 x 16 ins)

Liv

Oil on Linen

76.2 x 45.72 cms (30 x 18 ins)

Santiago, Standing

Conte Crayon on Paper

63.5 x 48.26 cms (25 x 19 ins)

Maria

Charcoal on Paper

63.5 x 48.26 cms (25 x 19 ins)

Nick

Charcoal and White Chalk on Toned Watercolor Paper

71.12 x 50.8 cms (28 x 20 ins)

Cast of a Drowned Girl

Oil on Linen

45.72 x 35.56 cms (18 x 14 ins)

Allison

Oil on Linen

71.12 x 50.8 cms (28 x 20 ins)

Master Copy after Emilio Sanchez Perrier

Oil on Linen

35.56 x 50.8 cms (14 x 20 ins)

Summer Field

Oil on Board

22.86 x 30.48 cms (9 x 12 ins)

Massachusetts River

Oil on Board

20.32 x 30.48 cms (8 x 12 ins)

Forrest Interior

Oil on Board

20.32 x 30.48 cms (8 x 12 ins)

Santiago, Seated

Conte Crayon on Paper

63.5 x 48.26 cms (25 x 19 ins)

My interests lie in capturing the beauty in the living world around me through portraits, the human figure and most importantly landscape painting. Realist painting allows me to share a personal moment and express something universal.

 

Currently, I am finishing the three-year program at the Florence Academy of Art US. This summer I’m looking forward to spending three months painting the French countryside and Monet’s Garden in an artist residency through the Munn Artist Program, leaving my part-time job that’s supported my studies so far to do so. Afterwards, I would like to come back and afford to stay at FAAUS for a fourth year. While my technical abilities have grown tremendously, it seems that my eye and standards have far outpaced them.

 

With one more year at the academy, I would continue to grow and focus on my own artistic voice and vision. I would spend more time working on personal projects, painting en plein air, creating studio landscapes, and continuing studying portraiture and the figure.

 

My goal is to live a life where my path of mastery helps show the beauty of the world to others. I want to wake up every day to be able to paint something better than the day before. To make a living while doing so would be a bonus. There will never be a moment when I stop being a devoted student, but if I were to be awarded this scholarship it would greatly help in the transition into being a professional artist.

 

I was born in New York City in 1996. Throughout my youth, I would spend my summers with my extended family in the Polish countryside, where the surrounding landscape first kindled my love of the natural world.

 

As a kid, I would use a pencil as often to draw as I would write, yet I never received any formal training. Early in high school I discovered the world of Illustration, concept art and digital painting online, and decided I would pursue it as something that could be both a career and a creative outlet. I enrolled in as an Illustration major at Montclair State University where I enjoyed contributing to the school literary magazine and Art Society, which in my sophomore year I was elected as President.

 

I always believed that at the core of any artistic endeavor is solid draftsmanship, and while I was learning some aspects of creating a visual narrative, I wasn’t in an environment that was challenging my drawing skills. Through books and videos I had always studied on my own but also understood that I would always be limited if I didn’t receive proper instruction from accomplished artists.

 

I began looking for instruction elsewhere. The summer before my sophomore year I spent time in the Art Students League with watercolorist Timothy Clark. The following winter I took a workshop with landscape painter Stapleton Kearns, from whom I first heard of the Florence academy of Art. I decided that I would continue my education there, and left university.

 

Attending the Florence Academy of Art has been pivotal for me, being that it changed my perception of what drawing and painting is, increased my admiration for past masters, and it’s an environment that allows me to become completely consumed in my studies. Within my first year, I was awarded the Best Figure Drawing prize. I have continued my exploration of late 19th-century figure drawing methods in Edmond Rochat’s evening class at the Florence Academy, in addition to the core instructors since my second year.

 

During the summer of 2018 I studied briefly with landscape painters Leo Mancini-Hresko and Marc Dalessio.

 

I am currently enrolled in my third year at the Academy. Recently I’ve been awarded as a recipient of the Versailles Foundation’s Munn Artist Residency at Giverny and will spend three months in the upcoming summer painting at Claude Monet’s Gardens and the surrounding area at Giverny, as well as participated in Florence Academy US’ Full Palette exhibition.