Artist Statement: I began my journey into abstraction a few years ago, after painting realism for many years. My work is very much about process. The early stages of a painting are fresh and intentional as I begin to build up abstract shapes and colors. But as I enter the middle stages, where I break down the early marks, edit, delete, scrub, wash away and bring back; that’s where the turbulence begins. Somehow I am not satisfied unless the work has a history of layers. I am aware that it is the spontaneous and accidental marks that are the most exciting, whether they lend themselves to furthering the composition or create tension in the work. I long for a little disturbance in the overall calm of the composition…an area where the eye wanders that may not go with the rest of the painting and begs me to wonder why. It is important that the piece be visually appealing as well as interesting enough to linger over. I take cues from my internal experience to sense when a painting is complete. Painting has become a metaphor for living because if I am only willing to scratch the surface and do what is easy, the work will reflect that. An openness to tap into the deep waters of my creative stream will yield something much richer and way more interesting.
About: Patricia has shown her work in galleries and cafes throughout Western New York, including the famed Burchfield Penney Art Center. Her paintings have appeared in numerous publications in faraway places like Australia, England, France, Greece, Korea, Argentina, Portugal and S. Africa, and can also be found in the book entitled "Life, Paint and Passion." After receiving her Master's in Transpersonal Psychology, Patricia went on to attain certification as an Expressive Arts Therapist. She has led workshops in creative painting in various venues, including The Georgian Bay School of the Arts and Chautauqua Institution. A recent move to N. Palm Beach, FL. fulfills a lifelong desire to live full time at the beach. The natural beauty of the ocean and its surroundings has had a major impact on Patricia's work...in both her color palette and form of expression. Patricia's work is now being represented by JF Art Gallery in West Palm Beach, where she was recently featured at Art Palm Beach International, the 2016 Designers' Show House in WPB, and Nantucket Island. Take a peek at the ocean-front condominium featured in the October 2016 issue of "Palm Beach Illustrated" to see an example of the beautiful spaces where her artwork is mentioned.
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