Pam Ormsby

A Mother’s Blessing
Spray enamel, metal leaf, patina, craquelure, rust, oil on canvas
13 x 13”

Day 4 1/2
Spray enamel, gold leaf, patina, craquelure, oil on panel
40″ x 40”

Filter; Genesis
Mixed Media: Spray enamel, acrylic, gold leaf, copper leaf, rust, patina, oil on panel
54” x 48”
Chosen by Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, for its ecological message re: carbon footprint and effects of our species on others and our environment, this painting hung in the Office of the Lt. Governor of VA from during winter and spring of 2015-16

Grate Big, One
Spray enamel, gold leaf, patina, rust, oil, acrylic on panel
48” x 48”

Magi, Balthazar
Spray enamel, gold leaf, patina, craquelure, rust, oil on panel
30” x 30”

Magi, Gaspar
Spray enamel, gold leaf, patina, craquelure, rust, oil on panel


Patte Reider Ormsby received her degree in Studio Art and Art History from Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA, continuing her education with Michael Kramer’s Gilder Studio through Smithsonian Institution.

A classically trained fine artist, Ormsby believes one must learn the rules in order to break them, and has done that for over 30 years of continuing independent study. The mother of three grown young men, she lives with her husband in Fredericksburg, VA.


2016 1st Place, Touch of Blue, FCCA, Fredericksburg, VA

2016 Placed in Governor Ralph Northam’s office in Richmond, VA

2015 Peoples Choice, Holiday Show, Duvall Designs Gallery, Millwood, VA

2013 3rd Place, Regional Juried Show, FCCA, Fredericksburg, VA

2012 HM, Regional Juried Show, FCCA, Fredericksburg, VA

2010 Best in Show, Biennial, Art Guild Show, King George, VA

2010 HM, Conceal & Reveal, FCCA, Fredericksburg, VA

2009 1st Place, Secret Places, FCCA, Fredericksburg, VA

2009 HM Radius 250, Artspace Gallery, Richmond VA

2009 HM Layers, FCCA, Fredericksburg, VA


2017 Contempo, Gallery Flux, Ashland, VA

2017 Duvall Designs Presents, Art at the Mill, Millwood, VA

2016 Art at the Mill, The Mill at Carter Hall, Millwood, VA (Invitational)

2015 Art at the Mill, The Mill at Carter Hall, Millwood, VA (Invitational)

2015 Marks, Forms, Layers, Gallery Flux, Ashland, VA (Featured)

2014 MidAtlantic New Painting, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA (Juried)

2014 Amazonas, Les Yeux Du Monde, Charlottesville, VA (Invitational)

2013 Wellfleet Revisited, Left Bank Gallery, Wellfleet, MA (Solo)

2012 Ave, Patina, New Work, FCCA, Fredericksburg, VA (Solo)

2012 Woman Made, Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, VA, (Invitational)

2012-2002 Group Shows, P Rose Gallery, Fredericksburg, VA (Invitationals)

2011 -2017 Left Bank Gallery, Wellfleet, MA

2011 Fredericksburg Remembers 911, Fredericksburg Area Cultural Museum (Invitational)

2010 City Square, Ponshop Gallery, Fredericksburg, VA

2009 Radius250, Artspace Gallery, Richmond, VA McGuffey Art Center,

2009 New Work, Ormsby, Art First Gallery, Fredericksburg, VA (Duo)

2008 Art, P Rose Gallery, Fredericksburg, VA (Invitational)

2008-2006 All Media, Alexandria Art League, Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA

2007 Midnight, Cape Light, Garden Gallery, LGT, Provincetown, MA (Solo)

2006 Body Language, Fredericksburg Athenauem, Frdericksburg, VA (Solo)

For a complete Resume including commissions and collections, please contact the artist

at patte.ormsby@gmail .com

An Artist’s Poem

Timeless existence, celestial space

Due homage and credence to the delicacy of place

Sky, land, sea surround, and enfold

Human presence, complicit to witness

The impermanence a changing world holds.

Solid, liquid and gas,

Ageless atoms make new things from old

The universe expands, as creatures evolve

And begin the search

To understand.

Minerals, water, vapor and heat; elements combine,

Shaping new places.

Landscape with planets and stars in a line.

Rust as pigment, patina as paint,

Act as metaphor for creation,

And are tools that I use for the art that I make

Geometry, everywhere, random in nature

When evenly spaced, in grids, screens and lines

Of circles and squares

Form boundaries or windows

To contain or escape, or steal glimpses of elsewhere,

Past, future or space.

Seek order from chaos, our need to feel safe.

History shows art begins as a Need

Essential for warning, for teaching and thanks,

For counting, for sharing, to survive, to succeed.

Relate, communicate. Visually.

Which is why art history motivates me.

Technique to concept, ancient to new

Renaissance spirits guide

My artistic voice.

Deep reds, patina, age-crackled gold

With alchemy and gratitude for this fleeting world

Sacred; Behold.