About Bill Patterson

I became a race fan and began painting early. I grew up in Clagary, skiing, racing and always drawing and painting. I went to my first car race in Argentina when I was 13 and was hooked. Although I became a practicing architect for several years I always wanted to be an artist, to paint. And I discovered the challenge that drives me today. To paint Speed, Motion, energy , noise, grace.

Long Beach Grand Prix Cover/poster Art!!

It was great to be asked over the off season to do the cover art for the 2015 Long Beach Grand Prix! The process took a while to get just the right perspective, but they were fantastic about not pushing me on style. They liked this look and let me go!

I will be in Long Beach this year for the race, and will have a display in the convention center. Please come by and say hi, and see what else I’ve been up to!

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Snap-On tool event in Chicago

In a very cold Chicago I painted this scene of aircraft maintenance using Snap-on tools. It was painted live at a cocktail reception at the Snap-on Tools conference on Monday night.

I spent maybe 2 hours on this 60″ X 42″ piece, and had a lot of interaction with the attendees, many of whom had suggestions about particular tools that could be incorporated which made the event very interactive. Later visitors could pick out the particular tools being used. Very cool.20150223_211735_resized

Great fun in Montreal, the Inaugural Tagliani Foundation gala

Alex and Bronte Tagliani invited me to come to Montreal and do a little painting at their inaugural gala. The venue was spectacular. I did two paintings, one in the afternoon during the golf tournament celebrating Alex’s crazy busy and varied year that everyone in the tournament was invited to add a few strokes to, the other during dinner of another famous French Canadian, Gilles Villeneuve in the Ferrari. Both were auctioned for the foundations charities and raised $9,000.00!!

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Tudor Awards Banquet in NYC!

At the fabulous Cipriani’s in NY on 42nd St, the Inaugural Tudor Awards Banquet was held Monday night. Continental commissioned 3 paintings from me, these two were done at the studio, a third, which will be up soon, was painted during cocktails before the ceremony began. Continental has me do the paintings and a set of prints of each and send them to the winning teams. A great gig and a great client.

2014 LMPC Champions Core Autosport

2014 LMPC Champions Core Autosport


Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

Another incredible, mind boggling weekend of race car porno! The image below was painted live at the Thursday evening welcoming party and features a rare Maserati 250 Picolo that was in attendance, a real stunner.

Below that is the cover/poster art for the event.

Painted live at the 2014 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion,

Painted live at the 2014 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

Maserati Poster/Cover Art

Here’s the Dan Gurney RMMR 2010 – Limited Edition Print

St. Pete reprise in Indianapolis.

Back at the beginning of the year, I did a live painting at the Yellow Party in St. Pete. It sold at an auction that night and, IMHO, it looked fantastic. Andretti racing liked it so much they asked me if I would do another, similar, one for their offices. So the day after they won the Indy 500 I went over to their shop in Indianapolis, set up my easel, and painted one up. BTW, the offices are a gallery of my work, very cool. Anyway, Marcia Reinauer set up a camera and made a video of the painting and it looks terrific. Thanks Marcia!

So, this is the first one done in St. Pete:stpete2014

See the video of the one done in May in Indy:


Meanwhile, in Columbus…

For the third year I travelled to Columbus Ohio for the Rally 4 The Ranch charity gala. This year Rick Mears was honored and during dinner I did a painting of him making the winning pass on Michael Andretti Around the outside in turn 1, about 12 laps before the end of the 1991 Indy 500. And I was there that year and saw it live! It was a fantastic finish, and one of the most exciting passes I’ve ever seen.

This was Rick’s final of 4 wins at the Speedway, and a very exciting and satisfying victory. In the painting just behind Rick’s car is a ghost of the 1911 winning Marmon Wasp from the very first 500. I had an opportunity to talk with Rick about the painting, his career, racing at Indy and that race in particular. Very cool. Anyway, the painting auctioned off for the charity for $20,000.00! In the second picture is the successful bidder, Rick Mears, Bobby Rahal, and some artist dude.mearsLive2014 mearslivegroup