Patricia is a self-taught artist for 45 years, Originally from California, she has been living in Minnesota since 1989. “I love the openness and laid back atmosphere of Minnesota”
Her passion of art started at a very early age. She was just starting school and was recognized very early on that she had a talent and desire to do art. Her inspiration comes from visualizing colors and how they play together in a multitude of arrangements. “I will see a field of wildflowers or a wheat field as I am driving by and right away I see this vision of colors and how I can apply them to my art. A lot of my work is definitely visual”.
Patricia has a diverse portfolio specializing in abstract acrylic paintings, oil and cold wax, mixed media collage, and soft pastel portrait drawings. Her abstract paintings are bold, striking and full of color. Heavy texture can be seen in many of her paintings. “I really like to create a lot of depth and texture to my work. This draws the eye closer to the work as it makes it seem like it is lifting off the canvas, bringing it to life” She incorporates mixed media substances in her paintings such as modeling paste, Spackle, rust, coarse prep mediums, rice paper, any unconventional textures, and even gold leaf.
“My greatest inspiration I have to say is my daughter Jessie, who is also a fantastic artist. She is the person who nudges me and says ‘Mom, you need to do that dog, that animal, that bird’. She definitely is the cornerstone of my animal art.”
Inspiration also comes from many things I see. I find seeing the tattered, worn, weathered and even forgotten or overlooked speaks to me the most.
Growing up in Los Angeles California, walking the city streets with my mother, I saw a lot of this early on. I can really appreciate the history of buildings that have held so many years of memories within their walls and have withstood the harsh elements on their exterior. That is where I see a lot of my work evolving from, from rusty, grungy and weathered. That inspires me. That is an element of my memories.
Since I have moved to Minnesota back in 1989, I was now exposed to a lot of nature. Animals that I did not see a lot of growing up. Woods filled with trees and birds that have found their way deep into my heart. I am now also seeing a lot of nature inspiration in a lot of my recent work. Somehow though, those rusty weathered elements are still finding their way into my work.
While I am creating my art, a world of emotions, precious memories, thoughts and feelings come out from the moment I have that inspiration, to the moment my work is complete. This is when I am most happiest, creating from the heart.
Patricia is President of the Brainerd Area Art Guild who are a group of local artists holding events and knowledge from each other as well as working with the local community.
Patricia is also a published illustrator. Her work can be seen in the book by Carol Elek, Two Boys and the Rustlers available at Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/two-boys-and-the-rustlers-carol-elek/1120044351?ean=9781628387452
and Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Two-Boys-Rustlers-Carol-Elek/dp/1628387459/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1429550045&sr=8-1&keywords=two+boys+and+the+rustlers
Patricia has also done commissioned work locally within her community and online all over the United States and Canada.