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Based in San Francisco, Beverly Patterson is a full-time artist and graphic designer. Informed by her art and architecture-focused education and over two decades as a professional graphic designer, her work reflects her fascination with perception, patterns, geometry, history and culture. Her favored creative zone is exploring where structure and the unanticipated converge and finding delight in the moments when their interaction strengthens the awareness and perception of one another.

Beverly creates engaging pieces that speak to our times and have strong conceptual underpinnings. Believing they are best experienced in person, her art and designs are multi-dimensional and interactive and explore the physical relationship of the viewer and the art. She strives to have points of discovery that engage, delight, and make people stop, think, and feel.

Her concept-based art is equally comfortable in the abstract and representational and her choice of media is guided by the best way to explore and convey her ideaphoria – whether it be painting, photography, printmaking, collage, Adobe Creative Suite or ceramics. 

Beverly finds inspiration in patterns found in nature and in cultural expressions such as mosaics, Navajo blankets, Peruvian weaving, Kilim rugs, Sashiko and Gee’s Bend quilting and in the work of San Francisco Bay Area such as artists Richard Diebenkorn, Wayne Thiebaud, Hung Liu, Ruth Asawa, and Barry McGee. When not intensely focused on exploring her latest creative concept, you are likely to find her dancing with friends, making pies, visiting a museum, strolling the beach, attending a cultural event, or literally unwinding on a potter's wheel.

Believing creativity should be an important part of life and accessible to all, Beverly co-founded Look What I Did, a free resource for children and educators that encourages exploration and creativity with engaging DIY activities: make things, play games, solve puzzles, move and more.

Education

  • Master in Architecture, Columbia University

  • Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, University of California Berkeley College of Environmental Design

  • Studio Arts at City College of San Francisco. Coursework includes drawing, design, painting, printmaking, ceramics and art history. Ceramics studio tech with experience making clay, mixing glazes, loading kilns and helping around the studio.

Grant

  • Center for Cultural Innovation grant recipient

Memberships

  • Art Guild of Pacifica

  • ArtSpan

  • Berkeley Art Center

  • Northern California Women's Caucus for Art

  • Pacific Art League