PERFORMANCE ART RACE-CAR ARTIST OFTEN DRAWS A CROWD.Byline: Andrea Cavanaugh Staff Writer
SIMI VALLEY Simi Valley (sē`mē, sĭm`ē), city (1990 pop. 100,217), Ventura co., SW Calif. in an oil, fruit, and farm region; laid out 1887, inc. 1969. - It wasn't enough for Simi Valley artist Bill Patterson to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a professional artist - he turned the process of painting into its own art form.
Patterson, 50, performs for crowds at Formula 1 races and other events, producing large canvases in about 20 minutes that capture the excitement of auto racing. He is performing at 11:45 a.m. today at the Grand Prix Grand Prix
n. pl. Grand Prix
Any of several competitive international road races for sports cars of specific engine size over an exacting, usually risky course. of Long Beach, capping a four-day run.
``It's fun to watch,'' said Ed Nicholls, a spokesman for Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is a paved road racing track used for both auto racing and motorcycle racing, originally constructed in 1957 near Monterey, California, USA.
The current racetrack is 2.238 miles in length (3. in Monterey, where Patterson has been named the raceway's official artist.
``It's very abstract at first, then you start to see the image come into focus,'' Nicholls said. ``To see it develop, it's like watching something grow.''
Patterson has performed at numerous charity benefits, with the finished paintings selling at auction for up to $40,000.
A painting Patterson produced at a retirement party in May for racer racer, name for several related swift, slender snakes, especially those of the genus Coluber. All of the racers are nonpoisonous, nonconstricting, day-active snakes. The black racer, C. Michael Andretti Michael Mario Andretti (born October 5, 1962 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) is an American retired CART and Formula One driver with Italian heritage. He now co-owns the Andretti Green Racing team in the Indy Racing League. raised $32,000 for charity, said Paula Prime, executive director of the Michael Andretti Foundation.
``It's wonderful,'' Prime said of Patterson's performances. ``It's an art piece but it's also entertainment.''
Although he has been sketching sketch
1. A hasty or undetailed drawing or painting often made as a preliminary study.
2. A brief general account or presentation; an outline.
a. and drawing since he was 3 years old, Patterson abandoned his career goal of being a professional artist and became an architect at the behest be·hest
1. An authoritative command.
2. An urgent request: I called the office at the behest of my assistant. of his father, an engineer.
``He wanted me to be an engineer, and I wanted to be an artist, so we compromised,'' Patterson said.
He worked as an architect for 10 years before pursuing painting full time about 15 years ago.
Patterson, whose father's career as an engineer took the family around the world, first became enchanted en·chant
tr.v. en·chant·ed, en·chant·ing, en·chants
1. To cast a spell over; bewitch.
2. To attract and delight; entrance. See Synonyms at charm. with race cars at a race in Buenos Aires Buenos Aires (bwā`nəs ī`rēz, âr`ēz, Span. bwā`nōs ī`rās), city and federal district (1991 pop. when he was 13.
``I saw that first car go around that first corner, and I got it,'' Patterson said. ``I understood the basic physics at work.''
Although many artists paint race cars, Patterson saw none that captured the magic he experienced at that first race, he said.
``I didn't see anyone painting speed, I didn't see anyone painting passion, I didn't see anyone painting emotion,'' Patterson said.
``I want to communicate some passion about what's happening on the racetrack.''
Although he struggled as an artist for years, Patterson has gained a strong following among racing aficionados for the accuracy and realism of his paintings, Nicholls said.
``His eye for detail is phenomenal,'' Nicholls said. ``Car racing people are so particular. It gives him so much credibility in the racing community.''
On the Net: www.billpattersonart.com.
Andrea Cavanaugh, (805) 583-7602
(1 -- color) Simi Valley artist Bill Patterson, seen here with one of his 5-by-7 paintings, titled ``Rosso,'' has turned the process of painting into its own art form. He will be ``performing'' at 11:45 a.m. today at the Grand Prix of Long Beach, capping a four-day run.
Andy Holzman/Staff Photographer
(2 -- color) ``Long Beach 30'' is one of Bill Patterson's race-oriented paintings. Patterson has ``performed'' at charity benefits, with his finished pieces selling at auction for up to $40,000.