Pat Brentano

Pat developed a spiritual attachment to the natural world growing up in southern Indiana. Her work is rooted in direct observation and a felt sense of nature. She transformed her suburban yard into a native habitat to benefit the migratory birds as well as the local environment. Much of her inspiration comes from her own back yard. Pat has partnered with NJ Audubon and The Nature Conservancy of Indiana to create site specific installations and present workshops. She has received commissions from environmental organizations and hospitals as well as private collectors. As an educator Pat gives talks and a workshop about learning to see and reconnect to nature.

In 2012, PBS nationally aired the NJN State of the Arts documentary about Pat as an artist and environmentalist. The Institute for Women’s Leadership at Rutgers also produced a documentary about her work as part of their Transforming Lives Project.

Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the Mid-Atlantic States. She is a NJ State Council on the Arts Individual Fellow, and a Puffin Grant Recipient. Pat’s work on endangered birds received the Curators award at the Chesterwood Museum in MA., and landed her a residency at I-Park and the Evansville Museum. She received a BFA from Washington University and an MFA from Tyler School of Art.



Charcoal and pastel
37 × 50 in.


This drawing was inspired by the killing of a raccoon in front of my house. It is a reminder that human beings are as cruel as they are compassionate.