Pat Tanger is an award-winning artist offering a range of original artwork including landscapes, seascapes and portraits. She specializes in commissioned work and her pet portraits are a special area of focus. Using photographs, she creates one-of-a-kind pieces honoring our special animal companions.
Pat started drawing as a child, alongside her father. She graduated with a BFA from Pratt Institute, in Brooklyn, NY, in Interior Design. It was not until she joined the Newington Art League in the 1990‘s and a fellow art league member introduced her to soft pastels that she began to experiment with other mediums. Pat has continued her art education through classes and workshops with Bob Noreika, Michael Berlinski, Diane Marinaro, Christine Ivers, Doug Dawson and Richard Mckinley.
Over the last 25 years, Pat has diversified in not only her choices of medium, but evolved her artistic style into something more serene. She has learned to describe her style as a mix of realism and impressionism, attempting to show the viewer the tranquil emotion of a landscape or the spirit of an animal, working in colored pencils, pastels, watercolors, acrylics and oils.
Pat has participated in and received awards from numerous shows and festivals including the Mark Twain Museum, Spectrum Gallery, the Killingworth Arts Center Show on the Madison Green, the CT +6, 100 Pearl Gallery, the Burton Leavitt Theater, Manchester Art Association and Noank Historical Society Art Show. She is a member and current President of the Newington Art League, as well as, a member of the Connecticut Pastel Society, the Greater New Britain Arts Alliance, the Wethersfield Art League and the Art League of New Britain. She currently serves on the Board of the Greater New Britain Arts Alliance.