- The Washington Times - Friday, August 26, 2005

Patricia A. Still, 85, widow of artist

NEW WINDSOR, Md. (AP) — Patricia A. Still, the widow of abstract-expressionist painter Clyfford Still, died Aug. 21 at Carroll Hospital Center. She was 85.

Mrs. Still was born in Ione, Wash., and raised in Idaho.

The couple had lived on a secluded 22-acre farm in New Windsor since the early 1960s. Mr. Still, considered one of the country’s most important artists, maintained a studio in a converted barn there. He died in 1980.

Mrs. Still painted figures and portraits but abandoned her artistic efforts in order to support her husband. She studied at Washington State University in Pullman and worked before their marriage in 1957 as a Comptometer operator for Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey.

“She devoted her life to his life, and to his art,” a stepdaughter, Diane S. Knox of Walnut Creek, Calif., told the Baltimore Sun. “She provided a comfortable home so he could concentrate and paint.”

“They stayed to themselves, and the beauty of it was that the residents of New Windsor and Westminster left them alone. They respected their privacy,” said another stepdaughter, Sandra Campbell, of Gold Canyon, Ariz.

In 2004, Mrs. Still approved the donation of more than 2,000 of her husband’s works, which had been stored in Maryland, to a museum in Denver that will be built to house them.

In addition to her stepdaughters, she is survived by a brother, Frank Garske of Yucca Valley, Calif.; and two sisters, Peggie Ward of Juneau, Alaska, and Beth Wisecarver of McMinnville, Ore.

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