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Payzant brings Disney pedigree to Shucker’s Galleria

Works of Fort Myers Beach Art Association artist featured through February at dining room

By Nathan Mayberg - Editor | Feb 24, 2021

Patricia Payzant is the featured artist at Shucker's this month. Her father's cousin was Charles Payzant, whose work was featured in Disney classics such as Bambi, Dumbo, Fantasia, Pinocchio, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. / Photo by Nathan Mayberg

If you are a regular attendee of the shows at the Fort Myers Beach Art Association’s gallery, you will notice that some names keep popping up on some of the standout works.

Among those is Patricia Payzant, an earner of past awards for her works from the association and a board member who helped organize the association’s partnership with Shuckers on their galleria.

Payzant is the featured artist in February at the Shuckers at the Gulfshore Galleria, with two dozen paintings currently hanging on the wall of the dining room.

What few know is that Payzant is related to the late Charles Payzant, a distinguished watercolor artist who was responsible for some of the watercolor backgrounds on Disney classics such as “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Dumbo,” “Bambi,” “Pinocchio” and the Bald Mountain/Ave Maria sequence in “Fantasia” according to biographies at Californiawatercolor.com and Sullivan Goss an American Gallery. He was the cousin of Ms. Payzant’s father.

According to the Internet Movie Database, Payzant was also credited as one of several art directors on Dumbo, Fantasia and as an uncredited art director on Pinocchio.

Patricia Payzant is the featured artist at Shucker's this month. Her father's cousin was Charles Payzant, whose work was featured in Disney classics such as Bambi, Dumbo, Fantasia, Pinocchio, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. / Photo by Nathan Mayberg

Ms. Payzant did not get to know the artist, who was based in California before his death in 1980. She has a few of his sketches that were saved from when he visited her father’s home in Nova Scotia.

The family’s roots are in Nova Scotia, where Ms. Payzant grew up before moving to New Orleans. She attended the University of Pennsylvania and studied art at the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design at George Washington University. She is retired from a career in software development.

She has been busier than ever painting during the pandemic. “I do something art-related every day,” Payzant said. She prefers oil painting. “Last year, I did (about) 150 paintings because of covid,” she said.

Ms. Payzant said Shuckers is “a great place to show oil paintings.” Two of her paintings at the gallery sold earlier this month.

Payzant enjoys painting at Bowditch Point Park, focusing on landscapes and wildlife. “You can go outside and enjoy nature, she said.”

Patricia Payzant is the featured artist at Shucker's this month. Payzant's work has been honored numerous times at Fort Myers Beach Art Association shows. / File photo

She also likes painting local shrimp boat docks.

She prefers Gamblin oils. “I never met a color I didn’t like.”

Fort Myers Beach Art Association Publicity Director Pam Flaherty said Payzant is “an organizer. She’s a member who is actively involved with the organization.”

As an artist, Flaherty said Payzant has “done some boats that I fell in love with.”

Payzant said she has had a lot of help in her development from workshops, classes and arts programs but in the end the key is “practice, practice, practice,” she said.

Patricia Payzant is the featured artist at Shucker's this month. Her father's cousin was Charles Payzant, whose work was featured in Disney classics such as Bambi, Dumbo, Fantasia, Pinocchio, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. / Photo by Nathan Mayberg