"The Heckscher at 90: Then and Now"
My painting "Sunken Meadow Dunes" will be on exhibit at the Heckscher Museum's 90th Anniversary show, featuring old favorites and recent acquisitions, from May 8 to July 18, 2010, sharing the walls with Blakelock, Boudin, Chase, Courbet, Grooms, Grosz, Hartley, Homer, Inness, Edward and Thomas Moran, and Man Ray.
"Pat Ralph is fast becoming one of Long Island's fine landscape artists. She is able to snare the lights at the right moment and create mood, mystery and credibility."--Jeanne Paris, Newsday
"Her work is in the new realist mode--cool, objective, well-painted figure studies and sharply realized landscapes. There is about them a directness and forthrightness uncluttered by sentiment. They are in no way conventional pictures in a 19th century sense."--Malcolm Preston, Newsday
"The timelessness and crystalline quality of her landscapes reflect her interest in light and atmosphere."--Beryl Smith, catalog essay, Women Artists Series, Douglass College
"Pat Ralph has a real gift for portraying the white heat of Los Angeles, the subject of Ralph's print series at the Wunsch Gallery; the works capture the combined sensuality, beauty, banality and loneliness of house-lined streets. Devoid of any people, the images are dominated by an L. A. triumvirate of cars, palm trees and sunshine."--Karin Lipson, Newsday
"Most of the artists in this group show are landscape painters whose colors run the gamut from brilliant to somber. In the latter category, two artists use color reductively, capitalizing on low-key harmonies. . . Pat Ralph's monotype, 'Morning Mist', in close harmonies of blue-gray is a more benign treatment of an overcast scene, with its horizon all but lost in the shroud of fog that blankets the stony beach."--Helen A. Harrison, New York Times
"She greatly admires the American Luminist painters such as Sanford Robinson Gifford and Fitz Hugh Lane. Her own landscapes have been praised for their treatment of light, which she uses sometimes to give sharp clarity and at other times to create a soft and moody effect."--Ronald G. Pisano, Long Island Landscape Painting Volume II: The Twentieth Century
"Among the 33 artists here, only Pat Ralph and Janet Culbertson acknowledge what everyone else seems to have contentedly repressed. Ralph's 'Heading West' shows us the melancholy end of that glorious summeer weekend. On a familiarly crowded highway, a convoy of cars make their way toward the sunset and the city."--Ariella Budick, Newsday