Messner-Patterson, Priscilla

Studio: Priscilla Messner-Patterson Art - Bearly Matters Studio
Community: Sequim
Phone: 360-477-4195
Media: painting - watercolor

Past exhibits and events with Northwind

2017 Showcase artist (click to see all 2017 artists)

Artist Statement

I love the opportunity to work in detail in watercolor as well as a little more free flowing in oil. Shapes and values are the challenge which makes painting fun. Combining the intricacies of man made objects and transportation vehicles, particularly aircraft, with nature has been my focus for 30 years.


Priscilla Messner-Patterson and her husband make their home in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. After living for 23 years on rugged Kodiak Island in the Gulf of Alaska, they welcome views of farmland, mountains and seacoast as well as the sunny days of the Sequim- Dungeness Valley two hours northwest of Seattle.

While in Kodiak, Priscilla taught art at Kodiak College for nearly 18 years. She painted wildlife, landscapes and still life before she began specializing in aviation related subjects in 1994. She is an award winning member of the American Society of Aviation Artists as well as a member of the Canadian Aviation Artists Association, the Northwest Air Force Art Association and the Coast Guard and Air Force Art Programs. She is certified in Composite Drawing for Law Enforcement. She has served as Education Chairman for the American Society of Aviation Artists since 2003 which includes overseeing their Mentoring Program and writing a quarterly education article for the organization’s journal, Aero Brush. Her husband, a former Navy and U.S. Fish & Wildlife pilot is her “best friend, biggest help and toughest critic.”

Priscilla is one of forty women in business featured in the 2002 Alaska Journal of Commerce and has won numerous awards and honors in the aviation art community including the American Society of Aviation Artists, Simuflite and Aviation Week and Space Technology. She is the recipient of the 2012 American Society of Aviation Artists Distinguished Service Award. Original paintings are featured in Alaska, Canada and the lower 48 states.

Her recent artistic ventures have extended into the music world and now feature a CD entitled “Wonderful World.” A little jazzy, definitely classy, the CD is available through the artist’s website and on

Gallery Affiliations

Heatherton Gallery, Port Angeles, WA and Northern Exposure Gallery, Kodiak, Alaska

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