Patrick Wise is a representational painter whose strong emotional response to landscapes, people, and nature is conveyed in his paintings. The beauty of Northern Michigan has influenced Patrick’s work, and the memories of growing up in Petoskey continue to inspire his art. He earned his Master of Arts from Wayne State University, Detroit, and is an award-winning painter, as well as having been a college professor. Patrick was an Artist-in-Residence on Mackinac Island in 2020. He has won many awards including, the Gold Medal for painting at the Contemporary Art Contest, Mackinac Art Museum; First Place, Professional Category, at the National Arts Program/Children's Hospital; and the John F. Korachis Scholarship Award, Wayne State University, to name a few. Juried exhibitions include The Scarab Club in Detroit and Charlevoix Circle of Arts. Patrick was the Juror for the 2017 CTAC Fine Arts Exhibition, he has taught at CTAC since 2014, and he exhibits both nationally and internationally.
Patrick spent several years employed by the Detroit Institute of Arts and acted as Curator and Juror for the DIA's education exhibitions from 2010 to 2015. He has led a portrait workshop at Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) in conjunction with Alex Melamid. Patrick’s artwork is in the permanent collection at Children's Hospital of Detroit, in addition to numerous private art collections throughout the U.S. His work is found at Crooked Tree Art Center, Petoskey, and Olde Sport Club in Harbor Springs. Patrick is a full-time resident in Harbor Springs, Michigan, and continues to be inspired by people and places for his artistic work.
Painting is a way for me to explore our world. I am using nature and all of her mysteries as my impetus. Whether I am painting someone or something, I am interested in the moment. There is a truth and a narrative that is constantly changing in each moment. As novelist Willa Cather said, "If you're an artist and you want to get steadily better at your craft, you need to continually refine your approach to telling the truth." The process of painting allows me to lose myself and regain myself as something new.