Patty Meglio was born and raised in Orange, Connecticut. She attended The School of Fashion Design in Boston, Massachusetts and later moved to Houston, Texas where she got a bachelor’s degree in Professional Writing and lived for twenty-two years. She moved back to CT in 2000 and currently resides in Northford, Connecticut.
In pursuit of a lifelong dream, Patty began taking drawing and painting lessons in the late 90s, and starting in 2003, she began studying painting with local artists, including Marc Antony Massaro in Branford, CT, Terry Oakes-Bourret in Durham, CT, and Hagop Keledjian in Putney, Vermont. She paints with oils and watercolors from life, and often paints en plein air at different locations throughout New England. Patty’s work is modern impressionist style, usually depicting country landscapes, seascapes, and still life.
Patty’s inspiration stems from twentieth century impressionist art, including works by Sargent, Sorolla, de Lazlo, and Boldini, and modern artists including Schmid, Hanson, Guzik, Demers, and Liberace. She draws her inspirations, as they did, from early twentieth-century architecture, the art deco and Greek classical styles of urban buildings, weather worn barns and open pastures of the country farms, and rocky and sandy beaches lined with classic New England cottages.
Patty has been teaching Drawing and Painting for more than four years, including courses at Hamden Adult Education, North Haven Senior Center, and Artsplace as well as private instruction and will be joining the staff at the Guilford Art Center and Wallingford Adult Education. As an instructor, she loves to share her knowledge about art and guide her students as they develop their creations. During the COVID pandemic, Patty started writing a weekly newsletter with articles on painting and drawing instruction and art history for her friends and former students as a way to keep communication lines open. Most of the articles can be found on her blog.
Patty is a past participant in juried competitions for the Clinton Art Society, Madison Art Society, Hamden Art League, Artwalk for the West Hartford Art League, and the Mavis Fenner Memorial for the Rowayton Arts Center, and is a winner of the Merchant’s Prize at the Madison Art Show in 2007. She has exhibited in numerous venues throughout the state of Connecticut and New Hampshire. Her work is held in private collections throughout the country. She is on the Hamden Art League Board and a member of the Madison Art Society.
*Photo by Dennis Beaulieu