Pat McBride never intended to be an artist. But in college she decided to take an art class as an elective, switched her major to art, and received her undergraduate degree in fine art. She's been at it ever since.
Along the way, Pat took up illustration and photo-retouching, and applied for work as an illustrator in the special projects division of the FBI. She reworked photos of at-large criminals, imagining potential changes in their appearance for wanted posters. It was this work that helped catch a serial killer in 1984.
These days, Pat prefers oil painting; the historical architecture and unique sporting events of the Sandhills have captured her imagination. In addition, she loves working on atmospheric studies of local landscapes which she renders with deep colors and broad brushstrokes.
In 2021, Pat was featured in Pinestraw Magazine. For a more in depth look into Pat's background and artistic inspiration as well as the story of how she helped bring down a serial killer, read the article "Of Palettes and Perps."