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 thirty-six years at Miami-Dade Public Schools, twenty-five at Palmetto Elementary, Pinecrest, Florida. Pat
also taught for thirteen years at Barry University as an adjunct professor.
Over the years she has been selected to serve painting residencies at fifteen United States National Park Artist-in-Residence programs. Her oil and pastel paintings are featured in collections throughout the United States. In 2015, her paintings from Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens and Big Cypress National Preserve traveled to Africa and were exhibited at the American Embassy in Niamey, Niger. Her botanical paintings were included in a National Park Centennial Exhibition, "Flora of the National Parks," at the U.S. Botanical Garden in Washington, D.C. Pat was awarded Elementary Art Educator of the Year in 2015 by the Florida Art Education Association. She is currently painting full-time in her winter studio in Miami, and at her Ulster County bungalow cottage.
Her goal as an artist is to arrest nature’s motion, involving viewers as deeply as she can. As she makes artwork, she leaves behind traces of feelings associated with her experience of each scene; sharing her vision of beauty and grace expressed through color and form.
The experiences of life that she finds 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. She paints the landscapes, the feelings and the experiences that they create; 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 her work, their connection and purpose are complete.