Art has been part of Patti Andre’s life from when she was a young girl. Patti has lived in many different parts of the United States and has traveled to many countries around the world. An enthusiastic nature lover and traveler, she is always observing, learning and growing.
As a teacher, Patti is exceptional. She teaches oil and pastel workshops and classes at her studio and around the country. Patti has been a professional artist for over 45 years. Her work has sold extensively throughout the United States and abroad, and she has participated in many single and group exhibitions. She works out of her studio in Loveland, Colorado.
“Alive” is an understatement for the vibrant, animated quality of Patti Andre’s award winning oil paintings. An element of tranquility combined with unrivaled talent has enabled this award–winning artist to seek out what motivates her and exploit her desire to create.
Patti has been published in The Artist Magazine 2004, International Artist Magazine 2005, American Artist Magazine 2005, Still Life Highlights ( American Artist ) 2005, American Artist Magazine 2008, The Art Collector 2011 and The Complete Painter’s Handbook (American Artist Magazine) 2012.
She is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, The National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society and Plein Air Artists Colorado. Patti is also an associate member of Oil Painters of America, Allied Artist, and Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters. She was artist in residence at Pingree, extension of CSU – 2005.
Patti has studied under many wonderful professionals, Richard Schmid, Kim English, Scott Christensen, Ralph Olberg, Bruno Lucchesi, Nita Engle, Hollis Williford, George Strickland, Jim Wilcox, Albert Handell, Joyce Pike, Matt Smith, Dee Clements and Michael Lynch. In addition to the many instructors she has had, Patti studied the orangutans in Borneo, for anthropologist Birute Galdikas.
To learn more about Patti, visit her website www.pattiandre.com.
Jill Bailey – Photography Judge
Although she hails from the smaller college town of Greeley, Colorado; Jill Bailey has always been one to explore new places and new faces; fired by a deep curiosity for finding out what makes people, places, and things tick. Jill looks for the details that help to tell the complete story, not just what’s on the surface.
Jill didn’t realize at the time that her creativity and the passion she had for photography in high school should have been her career goal. Instead, Jill completed her B.S. in Accounting and worked in business for many years while pursuing photography as a hobby, shooting her first wedding in 1993. Jill made her passion for photography into her full-time career in 2002.
However, some long term benefit was obtained in her study in Human Resources where Jill learned the discipline of factual understanding of different personality types and how to work with them. Jill has continued helping people find and work towards fulfillment of their dreams and living a fulfilling life by serving as a Team Leader for the Love, Courage, and Achievement Project (an organization dedicated to this same mission). This has taught Jill even more about the human psyche and how to encourage the best out of people which when applied to her photography results in dynamic stories on print and a more satisfactory experience for her clients.
Jill served on the Professional Photographers of Colorado (PPC) Board from 2006 through 2015 where she was 3 times past President of PPC and served as the Chairman of the Board for 3 years as well. Additionally, Jill was the first Colorado representative on the board of Southwest Professional Photographers of America (PPA), gaining a seat on the Executive Board where she would ended her service as Vice President at the time the Association was closed down. She also served as an elected Colorado Council Member for Professional Photographers of America council. Jill now travels to photography organizations around the nation for speaking and print judging engagements. She has been judging state print competition for over 5 years, with plans to complete her ‘juror in training’ to become an Affiliate Judge for the Professional Photographers of America, with the accreditation to judge regional and national print competition.
Jill has supported, spoken at, and judged many Camera Clubs around Colorado, as well as the Colorado Springs Photography Guild. She also thoroughly enjoys paying it forward by teaching classes in Greeley, where she loves experiencing when her students “see the light” as well!
In her free time, Jill volunteered as the American Cancer Society’s Cattle Barons Ball photographer for 20 years. She also serves on the board of several other local non-profit boards.
Jill is a Certified Professional Photographer and earned her Master of Photography degree from PPA in 2010. She received her Craftsman degree in January of 2015. She has several PPA Photographer of the Year awards including Gold and Bronze medals, and has been published in the international Professional Photographers Magazine.
To learn more about Jill, visit her page www.flareofart.com.