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1210 Grand Ave., Canon City, CO 81212

Background and experience

Illustrator of children's books 1978-1982
Painter 1982-present
Graphic artist for horse magazines
Member of Blue Spruce Gallery, Florence, CO 2004-present

Galleries and Stores

Blue Spruce Gallery; Florence, CO 2001-present

Juried Shows and Awards

Paint the Town; awards each year 2006, 2007, 2008
Watercolor show, Blue Spruce Gallery 2009
Miniature show, Blue Spruce Gallery Honorable mention 2009
New Artists show, Blue Spruce Gallery 2005

Artists Statement

1210 Grand Ave., Canon City, CO 81212

Pat Wiles
is a horsewoman and grandmother as well as a nationally known professional
transparent watercolor, acrylic and pastel artist. She is also a children’s book illustrator.
Her paintings have appeared in galleries, museum exhibitions and juried art festivals throughout
the United States including The Catherine Lorrilard Wolfe Exhibition of Women Representational
Artists at the National Arts Club in New York, The Museum of the Great Plains in Oklahoma, and
“Les Etoiles” at the Musee de Arte Helof in Paris, France. She is the creator of the popular, original
“Rock Art Ponies” which sell on eBay and her work is represented in the Artists’ Gallery in Cañon City,
and the Blue Spruce Gallery in Florence, CO. She is on the board of the Cañon City Public Art Committee
and a member of the Florence Arts Council.

Her philosophy is that you cannot paint a horse properly if you have never brushed one. The more
you experience, the better you paint. That is why her range of experience has stemmed from living on
an Indian Reservation, riding wild bulls in Mexico, white water canoeing the lower canyons of the
Rio Grande River, backpacking through Europe, to raising a pack of wolves on a ranch in Colorado,
white water kayaking, and zip lining with much in between.
She was the advertising artist for a number of horse magazines including the Florida Horse,
Arena News, Horse Tales and The Quarter Racing Record and illustrator for many Texas Parks and
Wildlife and General Land Office publications. She is the illustrator of the popular “Cowgirl Peg”
children’s books including “Lonesome the Little Horse,” “Isabel Lives a Dream,” “Shortstuff Bucks” “Jazmine”
“Watusi, The Horse That Wished He Wasn’t” “The Great Race” and “Okey Dokey Okie”! She created a
number of illustrations for the “Geologic Guidebook to the Gold Belt Byway” for the Florissant Fossil Beds
and created the Guffey, Colorado Centennial Postal Cancellation Stamp as well as logos for Historic
Downtown Cañon City and Florence, CO. She painted “Cat Ballou” one of the permanent movie murals
in the Fremont Center for the Arts. She has exhibited in juried art festivals for over 4 decades throughout
the United States.

Pat was a member of the Texas Watercolor Society. She and her parther Chris raise
grandchildren, dogs, a cat, a bird and a little Paint mare Lacey that owns Pat’s heart.

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