Back in 2001, Patricia took a month-long artist’s retreat deep in the woods of British Columbia living in a tent on a mountainside with no electricity or running water. She intended to focus on photography which had been a passion of hers for at least a decade, but her camera broke on the first day there. What to do… she purchased some acrylics from the on-site “store” (a woodshed stocked with art supplies) and spent her days in this primitive paradise painting on found wood. She hasn’t stopped since.
While Patricia now favors oils over acrylics, her medium of choice is encaustic, which allows for lots of possibilities in creating layered, textured, mixed media pieces. She loves the element of serendipity inherent in the never-really-sure-what-you’re going-to-get fusing process integral to this technique where the paint is pigmented wax.
As was the case with photography, painting reminds Patricia to take time to absorb the natural world, and her hope is that her loose interpretations and imaginings of nature somehow reflect bits of beauty that have seeped in.
Oh…and when Patricia is not painting, she teaches high school math…
A member of the SoWa Artists Guild, Patricia has maintained a studio at 450 Harrison Avenue in Boston’s South End since 2009, and has just returned from a 3-year stay in Italy. She has had the pleasure of forming relationships with collectors both around Boston and across the globe.