Since the 17th century, the still life has historically persevered as one of the major themes of art.

Husband and wife duo William and Carolyn Patterson are both contemporary realist painters who are engaged with the still life; Carolyn works primarily with the still life and landscape and William includes still life along with a concentration on figurative and landscape subjects.

Carolyn describes her artistic approach as a commitment to the "depiction of nature with both scrutiny and poetry."

From William's perspective, "the fleeting moments of life around me become a vehicle for the expression of symbolic and poetical concepts."

The exhibition "The Still Life: His and Hers" features more than 20 original still life paintings from William and Carolyn. Each painting tells a story, be it a promise of a delectable hand-prepared meal, the expectation of a new day, a love story or the rich allusion of less-obvious narratives.

William Patterson, Professor Emeritus of Fine Art at the University of Massachusetts, was recently the Professor of Painting at the University of Georgia's program in Cortona, Italy.

Carolyn Patterson holds a BFA degree in Painting from the University of Hartford Art School, Hartford, CT. Her work has won several awards including the Award of Excellence, Variation: Salute to Women in the Arts, Lincoln Center, NYC.

Aside from their studio practice, William and Carolyn lead art workshops with a focus on Renaissance painting methods and art appreciation. Their next workshop is scheduled for the summer of 2013 in Umbria and Rome, Italy.

Meet William and Carolyn during the opening night for the exhibition "The Still Life: His and Hers" on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 7-10 p.m. at Laura Moore Fine Art Studios, 107 S. Tennessee St. in McKinney.

The exhibition will extend through Oct. 10 at Laura Moore Fine Art Studios.

  • Gallery Hours: Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Second Saturday 11 a.m-10 p.m.; or by appointment.

Friday, Sept. 28 and Saturday, Sept. 29 are downtown McKinney's Oktoberfest. Laura Moore Fine Art Studios will feature a large outdoor gallery and a Walk a Mile street labyrinth made of cleaning products to benefit The Samaritan Inn. Labyrinth donations are being accepted through Sept. 27. Free admission. 214.914.3630.