Patrick Blythe began painting in 1970 after studying art and photography at Lakeland College, and later began working in various metals with hammer, forge and welder. Patrick’s blacksmithing and welding skills were developed by watching his grandfather and by working in factories and farms as a young man.
In the late 1970’s Patrick put aside art in favor of a successful career in business. Art continued to be an important part of his life and he continued to develop his artistic skills with various techniques and materials. After several years of teaching adult education art classes, Patrick decided to leave the business world and return to his artistic roots, using glass as a medium.
After achieving considerable success with his fused and cast glass work, Patrick attended Pilchuck Glass School, studying under noted glass sculptors Richard Whiteley and Heike Brachlow. Now working solely as a full time glass artist, Patrick’s work applies the skills learned as a painter and metal artist to the ancient art of glass making. His award-winning artwork is displayed in homes and businesses throughout the world.
Patrick has consulted on student projects in the United States and England, and is currently working on an international project with a group of New Zealand artists. He has received an honorarium from The Palm Springs Art Museum for glass casting. In 2009 his work earned awards at competitions in Beverly Hills and Indian Wells, CA. Patrick’s work was recently selected by the City of Palm Desert Public Arts Commission for a two-month exhibit.
Patrick is a member of the Glass Art Society and the Art Glass Association of Southern California, and serves as a docent for the Palm Springs Art Museum, and the City of Palm Desert Art in Public Places program.