Patricia Freeman-Martin grew up and attended school in Pendleton, Oregon. Summers were spent horseback, herding cattle on the Bar C Bar Ranch, 5000 deeded acres and a 30,000 acre Forest Service grazing allotment, 20 miles southwest of Baker City.
She received a BFA, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, and moved to the East Village of New York City where, for five years, she frequented the art museums and galleries of Manhattan. This deep immersion in fine art expanded her paradigm of personal expression and continued her study of art history. A visit home to Oregon, and a job managing the cattle for a cutting horse competition, precipitated her return to the West. Living and working in the cattle and horse ranching business, and the landscape of Central and Eastern Oregon, has provided Patricia the opportunity to observe, and draw from life, the iconic symbols of the western landscape.
Drawing is Patricia's main expression and manifests in printmaking, mixed-media, works on paper, claybord, original print stitched collages, bookmaking, and canvas. In 2008, she began studying printmaking at A6, (Bend, OR) printmaking and books arts studio, (formerly Atelier 6000) and became an active volunteer, teacher, and friend of the studio.
Patricia is a founding partner of Hood Avenue Art gallery in Sisters, Oregon (formed in 2014) which maintains an ongoing current exhibition of her work. Supported and inspired by the culture of quilt making in Sisters, Patricia is exploring printmaking techniques on fabric and teaches workshops in press or "no-press" printmaking techniques.
Her home studio in Terrebonne, OR, near Smith Rock State Park, looks out on the horse pastures of Juniper Ridge Ranch/Northwest Mare Services, where Patricia works the night shift of foaling season. Ranch life and the surrounding natural landscape of Central Oregon serves as a constant source of drawing inspiration.