Artist Pat Pauley has always had a fascination with art, nature and the outdoors. Growing up on a farm in the Midwest provided lots of opportunities to explore, study nature, draw and paint. Pat’s love for nature expanded into a love for the sports of hunting and fishing which is where he gets most of his inspiration for the award winning paintings that he creates. Pat has been painting for 30 years and wildlife such as deer, elk, grizzlies, fox, and mountain lions are some of his favorite subjects to paint. Pat also enjoys painting song birds, turkeys, pheasants, ducks and other waterfowl. Pat is an avid bird watcher and thoroughly enjoys photographing and observing animals in their natural habitat.
Pat received his formal education at Iowa State University in Art and Architecture. While having a very successful career as an Architect for 18 years, Pat began to move back to his first love, Art. He was commissioned to do two wildlife paintings to commemorate the Lewis & Clark 200th Anniversary. One of these paintings is of an eagle flying over the Missouri River and the other is of a herd of elk grazing on a bluff overlooking the river. The titles of these two paintings “River Discovery - Eagle” and “Unseen Challenges – Elk” were chosen specifically in honor of Lewis & Clark’s accomplishment in the discovery of a pathway to the Western Ocean and to remind us of the unseen challenges they faced on their journey into the wilderness. These paintings are on permanent public display at the Missouri River Basin Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center in Nebraska City, NE.
Pat lives in rural Western Iowa along the Missouri River with his wife and five children. He and his family take pleasure in being out in the woods, enjoying nature and photographing wildlife. Pat has traveled to Colorado, Alaska, Wyoming, Montana, Minnesota and other places to hunt, fish and photograph animals.
Pat is a member of the prestigious Society of Animal Artists and is also a member of the Artists for Conservation group. His paintings are held in public and private collections. Pat exhibits his work at NatureWorks Art Show in Tulsa, Oklahoma and the Southeast Wildlife Expo in Charleston, South Carolina, as well as others, locally and across the country. Pat’s original acrylic paintings have been exhibited as part of national museum tours in museums across the country such as:
- The Wildlife Experience in Parker, CO
- West Valley Art Museum in Surprise, AZ
- Bergstrom-Mahler Museum, Neenah, WI
- Hickory Museum of Art, Hickory, NC
- Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg, SC
- Zanesville Art Center, Zanesville, OH
- Bennington Center for the Natural and Cultural Arts in Bennington, VT
- Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Art Institute, Tucson, AZ
- Society of Animal Artists
- Artists for Conservation
- National Rifle Association
- Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
- Safari Club International
- National Wild Turkey Federation
- Whitetails Unlimited
- Pheasants Forever
- Ducks Unlimited
Most Recent Accomplishments
- Selected as a Featured Artist for the 2009 Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
- The Chase is On II – Pheasants chosen by Society of Animal Artists for the 48th annual Art and the Animal Exhibition and National Museum Tour.
- Selected to paint the 2009 National Stamp for National Wild Turkey Federation
- NatureWorks Art Show 2008 – Award of Excellence for Timeless Beauties – Trumpeter Swans
- Spring Treasures – Turkeys chosen by National Turkey Federation for National Banquet Package for 2008
- Turkey Talk and Spring Treasures II – Turkey paintings chosen for cover of Fur, Fish and Game Magazine, March and April 2008
- The Chase is On – Red Fox chosen by Pheasants Forever for National Banquet Package for 2008/2009
- Big Timber Toms – Turkey original painting included in Celebrity Auction for the National Wild Turkey Federation 2008 National Convention in Atlanta, GA
- Fall Camouflage – Cardinal chosen by Whitetails Unlimited for National Banquet Package for 2008/2009
- Summer Bouquet – Chickadees chosen by Iowa Ducks Unlimited as sponsor print of the year for 2008/2009
- Gathering for the Hunt – Wolves chosen by the Society of Animal Artists for the 2008 Art and the Animal Exhibition and National Museum Tour. This painting was also chosen by the National Timberwolf Alliance as the 2006 print of the year for the Great Lakes Region.
- Shoreline Seclusion – Wood Ducks chosen by Oklahoma Ducks Unlimited for the Sponsor Print for 2007/2008
- Shoreline Seclusion – Whitetail Deer chosen by Society of Animal Artists for 2007 Art and the Animal Exhibition and National Museum Tour.
- Master of the Plains – Bison was commissioned in 2005 by the Badlands National History Association and is on permanent display in the visitor center at the Badlands National Park in Interior, South Dakota.
- River Discovery - Eagle and Unseen Challenges – Elk were commissioned in 2005 by the Missouri River Basin Lewis & Clark Foundation in honor of Lewis & Clark’s 200th anniversary celebration. These paintings are on permanent public display at the Missouri River Basin Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center in Nebraska City, NE.