Life-long resident of Monroe, Louisiana, Rusty Patterson developed a fascination for wood in the early 1980’s after a brief conversation with his now deceased grandfather. With his grandfather’s words of wisdom and encouragement, the journey began.
This self-taught wood turner travelled throughout the South from the early 1980’s through the early 1990’s participating in various art shows where he won numerous awards, some of which were “Best of Show” as well as monetary awards for his works. Early works of Rusty’s can be seen in museums which include the Fine Arts Museum in Mobile, Alabama and the Snyder Museum in Bastrop, Louisiana.
After a long hiatus that was spent focusing on career and family, Rusty has returned to wood working with a renewed passion, vision and inspiration for the art he loves so much. He focuses on creating one of a kind art, allowing each piece to take shape as it is being turned. Two basic principles govern each of his pieces: shape (small, medium and large) and wood selection (light, medium and dark). His pieces are formed using native hardwoods mixed with exotic woods from all over the world.
While woodworking is his hobby and passion, Rusty hopes to one day make it his full time career. Until then, he will continue to manage a business where he has been for thirty plus years in West Monroe. He resides in Monroe with his wife, Sandra and his youngest son.
Rusty is the featured artist for the Ouachita River Art Gallery during the month of October. Stop by and see his works any time during business hours Tuesday – Saturday 10:am – 5pm, and also during the Downtown Gallery Crawl from 5-9pm on Thursday, October 2. The gallery is located at 308 Trenton Street, West Monroe , Louisiana. Phone 318-322-2380.