Patricia Rottino Cummins

Painting of coastal islands viewed from a mountain summit

Patricia Rottino Cummins, June 2013


My goal as an artist is to arrest nature’s motion, involving viewers as deeply as I can. As I make my artwork, I leave behind traces of feelings associated with my experience of each scene; sharing my vision of beauty and grace expressed through color and form. The experiences of life that I find to be of greatest value are those that rest in the basic and seemingly simplistic. Garden fragrances, nature's color and form, all outweigh for me the more contrived and materialistic of our life today. I paint the landscapes, the feelings and the experiences that they create for me; the perceptions and sensations that collect as a result of a day at the shore, or under the shade of a live oak, or during weeks spent serving a residency at a National Park. If these sensations communicate with the viewer through my work, their connection and purpose are complete.

– Patricia Rottino Cummins

Woman holds painting of location depicted in image
Patricia Rottino Cummins

Born in New York, Patricia Rottino Cummins completed her undergraduate studies at City University of New York. Upon graduation she relocated to Miami, Florida, intrigued by its color and light. Her graduate and post graduate studies continued at Florida International University. She has taught art for 36 years at Miami-Dade Public Schools, and was an adjunct professor at Barry University, Florida.

Over the years she has been selected to serve painting residencies at 14 United States National Park Service Artist-in-Residence programs. She has studied art and has painted en plein air in Italy, France, China and Central America. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibitions throughout the United States. Last year her paintings have traveled to another continent, on exhibition at the American Embassy in Africa. Her philosophy of teaching art is to be the most productive role model possible for her students, proving that hard work gets rewarded.


Last updated: January 7, 2020

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