Biography

     Pat Wheelis Kochan is a professional artist from Dallas, Texas.  She studied art and design at the University of Colorado and has worked in watermedia, acrylic, oil, mixed media, monotypes and print making.   She continued her art study with many nationally known teachers.  She has taught art at her studio, Artisan’s Studio-Gallery for 25 years and gives workshops for art organizations. She is a writer, lecturer, juror and demonstrator for art groups.           

     Kochan  is well known in the Dallas area for her series of paintings concerned with the nostalgia of Downtown Dallas.  She has written a book featuring her Dallas series, “Once Upon a Time in Dallas,   Through the Artist’s Eyes.”  Kochan has  vivid memories of  Dallas when she was a child riding the street car to Downtown every day since 7 years of age.  She continues to add new paintings to this series.  Many hang in offices and homes in Dallas and other cities in the United States.  She was recognized for this series by  “Dallas Proud” of the Office of Cultural Affairs in the Dallas Mayor’s office.  Kochan’s series of abstract paintings has also won her recognition in competitions.   Her  paintings have been in many major exhibitions throughout the United States such as, San Diego Watercolor Society, International Society of Experimental Artists, California National Watercolor Society, Rocky Mountain National Watermedia in Colorado, Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolor, New York,  Georgia National and Oklahoma National, Italian Exhibition for SWS  in Milan, Italy, Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, Albuquerque Museum 2002 to name a few,  and have won many awards.   In 1995 and 1997, she was commissioned to create large scale acrylic  landscape paintings on canvas  for a large office building lobbies; and by the City of Dallas, Dallas Soars Pegasus project 2001.  She was commissioned to create large paintings for the Dallas Convention Center Omni Hotel, 2011.  Parkland Hospital negocianing plans to commission Pat for 4 large paintings.

     As a founding member of ART FOCUS XC, her work has been exhibited  at J.C. Penny Corporate Headquarters, Collin County Community College, Longview Art Museum, Ft. Worth Health  Science  Center, Atrium Gallery, Rockport Center For the Arts  and Corpus Christi Art Center. Kochan has been awarded  Signature Status of the Southwestern Watercolor Society, Texas Visual Arts Association, Texas Watercolor Society, Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, and National Acrylic Painters’ Association UK. She has received the prestigious Purple Sage Society Pin  in Texas Watercolor Society for her records of awards in Watercolor Societies.  Kochan was awarded to Watercolor Honor Society of Watercolor USA, Springfield Art Museum, Missouri. 

     Kochan served on the Board of Directors  and was the  “Spotlight Editor” of the  Scene for Southwestern Watercolor Society. Kochan  served on the Board of Directors  as Show Chairman of the Texas Visual Arts Association Signature Group and has served as Delegate at Large for the Texas Watercolor Society in San Antonio, Texas.  Kochan served yearly as juror for the Dallas Business For The Arts “On My Own Time” competition.

     Periodicals/Magazines/Books: Featured in Southwest Art Magazine, November,1996; American Artist Magazine’s Watercolor; Texas Watercolor Fifty Years Of Excellence, 1999; Rockports Publisher’s Best Of Watercolor, 1998 and The Collected Best of Watercolor,  2002; Watercolor Magic Year Book 2003, Book:  Dallas Soars! in 2001; Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star Telegram, Rocky Mountain News. The  American Artist Magazine featured an article about Kochan and her studio shared with three other artists, August 1999; and in Splash 7, Northlight Publishers, 2002.  Dallas Business Journal, “Capturing Nostalgia” by Glenda Vosburgh;.  Park Cities Art Calendar 2008 & 2009. Private Clubs Magazine, 2007; The Graham Leader Newspaper, 2005; Walk Into Abstracts, Volume 3, 2011.

Finalist in the 2015 Hunting Art Prize in Houston Texas 2015

Demonstrator for Tiffany's Evening at the Nasher Museum 2015

Accepted in Western Federation of Watercolor Societies 2015

Accepted in the National Watercolor International Exhibition 2015

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                                                    E-mail the Artist at PatKArt@aol.com

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