Curtis Patchin is Canadian-born and spends six months of the year in his northern homeland. The other six months, he can be found soaking in the sun as a snowbird in the perfect climate of Goodyear, AZ. Working in the sheet metal trade performing pattern development and fabrication, his career led him to earn his Red Seal status while demonstrating excellence in metallurgy. Curtis has found success by melding these practical skills with an art education from the Alberta College of Arts and Design (ACAD), Mount Royal University, and the University of Calgary — along with countless hours dedicated to becoming a photo-realistic painter.

Curtis has developed a distinctive style of painting, grinding, and manipulating metal to achieve eye-pleasing backgrounds, adding a candy dye that makes his work resonate with brilliant colors. Most of his pieces are finished of with a photo-realistic acrylic foreground, creating a striking and surreal effect.

The rugged and beautifully colored landscapes of the Phoenix area have served as inspiration for Curtis. He has spent decades visiting and exploring the terrain, observing vibrant sunsets and botanicals like none he’s ever seen elsewhere. He particularly enjoys embarking on his bicycle through the community to snap photographs of cactus blooms, capturing their surging colors to later portray in his art.

Curtis has previously been hired to create commissioned work for notable clients such as Wrangler Jeans. He is honored to have earned many first-place awards at juried art events in Arizona.

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