"Making art is the point of art for me -- there’s tremendous pleasure in the doing. Drawing and painting are the vehicles, filters and processes through which I look for insights about people and relationships, my subjects of choice. I can think of no better way to study humanity than by drawing and painting its individual members as they interact with their environment, objects, and other creatures. What I imagine to be transpiring with each person becomes the subject of the painting."
Patricia Hughes was born in Philipsburg, PA, in 1948 and grew up in Irwin, 25 miles east of Pittsburgh. She studied art from 1960 through 66 through a scholarship youth art program at the Westmoreland County Museum and then attended Gettysburg College, from which she received a BA with Departmental Honors in Fine Art in 1970. She received an MFA two years later from Penn State University, then married John Hutchinson and moved to New Jersey. Living in Pennington, she taught in the art departments of Mercer County College and the College of New Jersey through the early 1980s, and worked with McCarter Theatre, painting dancers and other performers.
In 1982 she began studies at New York University, spent a year at Oxford, UK, from 1985 to 86 as a Fulbright Scholar, and received a PhD in Design and Technology Education in 1987. She worked at Drexel University from 1987 to 1990, developing and editing TIES Magazine, a monthly publication for teachers focusing on the subject of her dissertation, the integration of art and engineering in a new educational field, Design and Technology Education, modeled on the British Craft, Design and Technology program. The publication was moved to the College of New Jersey in 1993, where Dr. Hutchinson continued as Editor in Chief while teaching and directing the Children Design and Engineering Project, funded by the National Science Foundation. She retired in 2007 and moved with her husband to Belmar, NJ, where she was a founder and chair of the Belmar Arts Council. Throughout her career she has continued to paint, and since retiring has been painting and showing her work in New Jersey, Philadelphia and New York. She has recently completed several murals in the area. She is a member of the Salmagundi Arts Club and Audubon Artists, NY, and is a trustee of the Belmar Arts Council and the Algonquin Arts Theatre, NJ, and the Fulbright Alumni Association.