Patty Koenigsaecker, Spring 2016

The Nature Artists’ Guild’s Spring 2016 Exhibition Featured Artist, Patty Koenigsaecker –

In Davenport, Iowa, where I was born, art was introduced into the curriculum in fourth grade.  Our art teacher took us outdoors to sketch trees.  When he came around to look at mine, I could tell he was genuinely impressed because he said “I can actually tell which tree you are drawing”.  From that time on, I considered myself an artist.  Forty-five years later, retiring to the Chicago area, I joined the Nature Artists’ Guild of The Morton Arboretum and finally got back to drawing trees.

Arcadia National Park, pastel, ©Patty Koenigsaecker

Arcadia National Park, pastel, ©Patty Koenigsaecker

Along the way, I earned a B.A. in Art Education from St. Ambrose University and an MFA in Theatrical Design from the University of Iowa.  I’ve taught art at every level from pre-school through college.  Most of my professional life was spent as a costume, scenery and lighting designer.  I retired from the faculty at Augustana College where I taught courses in design and technology.

Japanese Garden, pastel, ©Patty Koenigsaecker

Japanese Garden, pastel, ©Patty Koenigsaecker

Going from working in three dimensions on the state to two dimensions within a picture frame has been an interesting and challenging journey.  I still see the influences of theatre design in my work, especially in the dramatic use of color and contrast in my landscapes.  And, of course, my work as a costume designer is apparent in my fiber work.  I have loved sewing since my mother began teaching me to sew at age six.  It has been thrilling to expand my creative impulses in the area of fiber art.

Square Dance, fiber art, ©Patty Koenigsaecker

Square Dance, fiber art, ©Patty Koenigsaecker

I feel so privileged to have been invited to be the featured artist at this exhibit.  Even though I am not a botanical artist, the Guild has encouraged and welcomed my work.  I am honored to have my work shown with that of so many other talented artists who have not only been my inspiration but have also become my friends.

Poppy seed pods, ©Patty Koenigsaecker

Poppy seed pods, ©Patty Koenigsaecker