Patricia Qualls, Carmel Valley artist: "The Power of Self Expression"

I was just reading a biography of Patricia Qualls, an artist and studio gallery owner in Carmel Valley Village whom I met this afternoon. Like many of us, she did not find her true calling until after working at other jobs such as sales in Merrill Lynch and a commodities broker at Thomson McKinnon.

In 1980, Patricia relocated to California and was admitted into Pepperdine University's Presidential Key Executive Program and found that her interest and personal development could mesh. She began counseling CEO's and their families, helping them to deal with the stress of the business world.

This was also the time in California when the personal growth movement was in full swing. After visiting Esalen, she found her consciousness awakening. For those who have not heard about Esalen in nearby Big Sur, it describes itself this way:  "a world-wide network of seekers who look beyond dogma to explore deeper spiritual possibilities; forge new understandings of self and society; and pioneer new paths for change."

Is it any wonder that Patricia felt, while helping others,  she had lost her own creative way. This  is when she started to carve out time early in the mornings to start dabbling in self-expression. To make a long story short, she settled on large abstract paintings. She is totally self-taught, and didn't even pick up a book to read on the subject until recently.

Patricia, who started out in a farm in Tennessee with few prospects, now shows her work in numerous galleries in the Western United States including Palm Desert. Her paintings sell anywhere from $4,000 to $23,000.

She also offers workshops twice a year to non-artists to give them the opportunity to come and explore the power of self expression through experimentation with color, texture and brush stroke.

"No background is required, no teaching judgement is rendered," according to Patricia, "it is a chance to open up to the creative experience without the outside world's opinion of what you have to say, and how you say it."


For more information, see her website at

Patricia Qualls, Carmel Valley Artist

Patricia Qualls, Carmel Valley Artist


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Comment balloon 7 commentsHella Mitschke Rothwell • January 19 2013 07:15PM


Hella, those are beautiful paintings...and she is self-taught! Wow, Patricia Qualls creates amazing works of art.

Posted by Erna Neal, A Knowledgable Central Florida Realtor (The Viking Team, Realty) almost 6 years ago

Erna: Her paintings hang in some beautiful homes; collectors love her work!

Posted by Hella Mitschke Rothwell, Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker ((831) 626-4000) almost 6 years ago

Hella  What an amazing lady and she teaches others how wonderful


Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) almost 6 years ago

Hannah: I really urge those who come to this area to go visit here. A real inspiration.

Posted by Hella Mitschke Rothwell, Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker ((831) 626-4000) almost 6 years ago

Great shoutout for this artist. It sure does look like she lovers her craft.

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) almost 6 years ago

Good morning Hella, love the smell of paint in an art studio.  Her studio looks lovely and what a great localism post for your area businesses.  Sounds like you enjoyed your visit with her.  Have a great Sunday!

Posted by Judith Parker, CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC (ProStead Realty) almost 6 years ago

Joe: What is especially great is that other artists in the area have a high regard for her as well.

Judith: And she does not mind having you come in and start a conversation about pretty much anything.

Posted by Hella Mitschke Rothwell, Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker ((831) 626-4000) almost 6 years ago