George Pate was a resident of the Southeast since 1957, and Santa Fe, New Mexico since 1977, where he found ample subject matter in his imminently paintable landscape, filled with historical architecture and manifestations of distinctly different cultures. This intrigue has motivated him to move to Beaufort and become a full-time resident of the Lowcountry. Using his Southwestern influenced color palette, he now embraces the light and colors that the Lowcountry has to offer. He works en plein air to render light, shade, and shadow with a strong design, vital color, and thoughtful brush strokes. Pate evokes both realism and impressionism in his canvases and consistently displays his understanding of the invention and the presence of emotion. He fully inhabits each landscape he paints, extracting the essence that resides in the soul of the land, and releasing its poetry onto the surface of his canvas.
Natural architectural forms fill George Pate’s work, reflecting the major preoccupations of his life. Graduated as an architect, Pate retains his love for dwellings and their shapes and the buildings of various cultures provide destinations in his works. Pate’s affinity for landscape stems from or perhaps, has motivated his many travels throughout the United States, Japan, Canada, Mexico and Europe.
George Pate was born and grew up in Michigan, spending summers on his uncle’s farm in Canada. His long journey as a painter began at age two when he received his first easel. While in the Air Force, he traveled to Japan and the pacific. A born teacher, he makes his knowledge of painting available to students at all levels and has led innumerable painting workshops.
Professional organizations have recognized Pate with shows, purchases, and awards, and his work is represented in both private and corporate collections. George is a member of the Salamagundi Club in New York, a Signature Member of Oil Painters of America (OPA), a member of Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters (RMPAP), and Watercolor West.