Throughout her musical life, Patti has actively pursued a parallel career with art. She is an award winning, signature member of the Louisiana Watercolor Society, studied at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Art and is currently the director of the Garden District Gallery. She has participated in numerous invitational art shows and has twice been awarded Best of Show for her work in oil painting. She has produced designs and artwork for many organizations in the city, including the Krewes of Rex and Hermes, the Windsor Court Hotel, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the New Orleans Opera. Most recently, she created the scenic artwork used in the opera's 2010 production of The Magic Flute. As a calligrapher, her work has appeared in Bon Appetit, Southern Living and Victoria magazines, the Pickwick Club, Galatoire's Restaurant, and in the acclaimed Windsor Court Hotel, where she has performed for Afternoon Tea since 1984. Ms. Adams is assistant principal flutist with the LPO and a faculty member of Loyola University's College of Music.
In her musical travels, she has visited many museums and been deeply influenced by seeing the work of Vermeer, John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer and Van Gogh. 'In my dual existence as a professional flutist and visual artist, I continually enjoy exploring color, line and texture - whether it is with a piece of artwork I'm creating or a challenging piece of music I'm performing. The endless discovery of color and nuance is captivating, both visually and aurally.
In addition to a life in New Orleans of teaching, painting and performing, Patti spends the month of August painting in Colorado with her husband, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra timpanist Jim Atwood, in their tiny mountaintop cabin with their very large Old English Sheepdog, Gracie.