Patty Halbeck came to the world of art in the middle of a career in music and education, teaching at Austin Peay State University. Initially, her fascination with the relationship between the two art forms, musical and visual, resulted in concerts that combined musical performance with visual art by other artists. It was not long, however, until the visual element began to take on a life of its own and Halbeck began studying art to produce her own paintings. Largely self taught with some participation in workshops, her subjects reflect a love for the Tennessee landscape and the unspoiled areas that remain in our rapidly developing countryside.
Halbeck is a member of the Chestnut Group in Nashville, a nonprofit alliance of landscape artists dedicated to the conservation and preservation of vanishing landscapes in Middle Tennessee. A portion of funds earned from the sale of artwork is made available to preserve fragile local environments and historic properties – from threatened habitats to farmland to protected natural areas.
Forest and Field consists of oil paintings representing the rural Clarksville / Montgomery area where Patty resides. Her style of understated impressionism is influenced by the shapes, lines, and pattern found in calligraphy and printmaking. Patty is a member of the juried organization Women Painters of the Southeast (WPSE) and the Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA). Her work has been exhibited at Belle Meade Plantation juried art show, the Blue Moon show for Glen Leven in Nashville, the Clarksville Downtown Artist Co-Op Regional Exhibition 2012, and at Victory Fellowship Church, Nashville “2012 East Exhibit”. Patty’s works can be found in private collections in the U.S. and Germany.