Patricia Buckley Moss, also known as P. Buckley Moss (born May 20, 1933), is an American artist. Reared in Staten Island, New York, she is known for her portrayals of rural landscapes and life in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
P Buckley Moss (Pat) attended Washington Irving High School for the Fine Arts in Manhattan. She who, although undiagnosed at the time, is dyslexic and struggled with some of her classes in high school. However, she excelled at art. Due to her mother’s persistence, Pat was considered for and received a scholarship to study art at Cooper Union College. It was at the Cooper Union that she began her journey as an artist.
Soon after graduating in 1955, Buckley married Jack Moss. In 1964, Mr. Moss’ work as a chemical engineer found the family of seven with a sixth child on the way relocating to Waynesboro, Virginia. This relocation became pivotal in Pat’s art and subject matter.
Patricia Moss appreciated the rural scenery and began portraying it in her art. She was particularly drawn to the Amish and Mennonite people who farmed in the countryside and has portrayed their figures in iconic ways. In 1967 she had a one-person museum exhibition that promptly sold out, after which Moss started to market her work more seriously. Her unique style, marked by her subtle stylings and the calm nature of her work, alongside the warmth emanating from her subject matter quickly won her widespread acclaim.
Referred to in 1998 as “The People’s Artist,” by journalist Charles Kuralt, Moss opened the P. Buckley Moss Museum in Waynesboro the following year. Since opening in 1989, the facility grew to attract roughly 45,000 visitors annually. Today, artwork that Moss signs as P. Buckley Moss is represented in more than 200 galleries worldwide and collected throughout Europe and Japan, as well as the United States.