Pat Coates is a DC area native.  She studied art at Marymount University and University of Virginia.  After several years working in watercolor and acrylic, Pat began painting in oil with Glen Kessler in Bethesda, MD. Pat’s work encompasses all genres of subject matter from landscapes to portraits.  Pat conducts Wine & Paint Parties at The Compass Atelier in Artists & Makers Studios, Rockville, MD.  She completed the comprehensive three-year Compass Atelier Master Artist Program in early 2017.



How often do we look for all the beauty present in everyday objects; that is, do we see only what we expect to see as we are otherwise focused? 

In an age promoting mindfulness and being in the moment, for long as I can remember, I have been aware of my struggle to be still and stay focused on any subject or task at hand.  This has affected my life in profound ways but I learned to rely on other skills to navigate my way through education and enjoy a fulfilling work life.   

The one place I can be at peace is when I am absorbed by the process of putting the world I see onto canvas.   As Picasso said, "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."

Our surroundings offer us a daily parade of light and color in ordinary spaces that go unnoticed.  My paintings are not the staged still life objects of centuries past but instead are everyday items in public venues that give me joy simply by the energy and rhythm of the composition.  In capturing and exploring the texture, patterns and colors, I wish to elevate ordinary items beyond their commonplace status.


League of Reston Artists

Kingstowne Area Artists

Fairfax Art League

Vienna Art Society

Falls Church Arts


Creative Expressions 2017 - MAA Member Show - Third Prize - Juror, Millie Shott

4th Annual South-Atlantic Juried Exhibition - Best in Show - Juror, Gina Cullen

A Respite from Chaos - League of Reston Artists - Honorable Mention

Founders Day Exhibition - Honorable Mention

Ernst Cultural Center - First Prize - Juror, Betzi Robinson

Jo-Ann Rose Gallery - Honorable Mention

Open Exhibition - Women's Club of Potomac Maryland - Third Prize and Honorable Mention


Hill Center Regional Juried Exhibition- June 2017

Paint and Beyond - League of Reston Artists - June 2017

Meadowlark Gardens - Vienna Arts Society - May 2017

Creative Expressions - - Montgomery Art Association - May 2017

Small Works - Yellow Barn - May 2017

More or Less - Falls Church Arts - May 2017

4th Annual South-Atlantic Juried Exhibition - April 2017

Vienna Arts Society - Going Green - April 2017

Women's Club of Chevy Chase - April 2017

Compass Atelier Thesis Work - Class of 2017 - February 2017

Courage - Jo-Ann Rose Gallery - October 2016

Meet the Artist - Snyder Center - September 2016

Eclectic Visions - Ernst Center - September 2016

Paint the Town - Kensington Armory - September 2016

Paint and Beyond - US Geological Survey - July 2016

Unlimited - Herndon ArtSpace - May 2016

The Way I See It - Jo-Ann Rose Gallery - April 2016

Open Exhibition - Women's Club of Potomac Maryland - 2014


President, New Masters Art Gallery

Registered Copyist at National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC