Patton Blackwell’s most recent work is inspired by time spent on the Aegean Sea, capturing the light, the intensity of color and the fluidity of the water, creating a mosaic of swirling paint, both static and moving in its beauty and power.  Her earlier abstract paintings reflect the lush landscape of Brazil and her personal experience of a place in time that connects us to the universal. Referencing the works of such artists as Willem de Kooning, and Wassily Kandinsky, Blackwell's paintings recall the physicality and emotion of de Kooning's animated brushwork while evoking the spiritual resonance of Kandinsky's later work. Her work is featured in collections in the U.S., Brazil, France and Japan.

Patton Blackwell was born on May 6, 1949 in Columbia, South Carolina, and was raised in St Paul, Minnesota, where she graduated from The Summit School (1967) and Macalester College (1974) in Cultural Geography. In 1975, Blackwell left for 3 years to travel, work and study in Europe, Israel, Turkey and North Africa. Part of this time she studied French Language and Literature at the Sorbonne, worked at a vineyard chateau near Bordeaux, lived in a Kibbutz in Israel and traveled more intensively in France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

In 1980, Blackwell moved to The Experiment in International Living (a multicultural college and living environment) in Brattleboro, Vermont, where she completed her Master's in Intercultural/International Management (1997). The program brought her to Brazil in 1982, at a time when Brazil was coming to prominence in the international art world as an important center for contemporary art. Fostering a rich exchange of Brazilian and international art and artists, the Sao Paulo Biennial created a lively stage and venue for cultural cross-pollination and commerce. In 1983, Blackwell enrolled in The Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage in Rio de Janeiro where she studied painting with the influential painter Luiz Aquila, as well as Claudio Kuperman, and John Nicolson. In 1986, she moved her studio from Copacabana to Rua Tavares Bastos, a street in one of the historical areas of Rio. During her 14 years in Brazil, Blackwell traveled widely throughout the country for one-person and group exhibitions of her work, bringing her into contact with local artists, writers and musicians.

In 1996, Blackwell returned to Camden, South Carolina where she lives and works. Her paintings have been exhibited at the Camden Fine Arts Center, and have toured as part of the United States Art in Embassies program in Egypt, Qatar, Romania, Honduras, Guatemala and Myanmar (Burma).