"Exploring the intersection of beauty, creativity, and well-being for spaces and places"
My name is Rita G. Patel. I am the Founder and Creative Director of Studio Rita Patel and work as a Fine Artist, Surface Pattern Designer, and Creativity-Wellness Coach. I am passionate about art, textiles, and aesthetics to provide an experience of beauty. Having a career in the wellness field, I am particularly focused on creating a positive environment by evoking feelings of wellbeing through my art. My style is generally abstract with an ethereal and sophisticated feel. I also create quirky illustrations intended to provide moments of joy. My work is available at a range of price points as canvas, prints, and 3D mixed media. Additionally, I create custom large-scale work (installations and murals) that can be interactive. I have created this brochure especially for Interior Designers who share my wellness focus for spaces and places that enhance the quality of people’s lives.
I am the founder of Experiments in Beautiful Thinking and of Relational Waste. I have a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, with a focus on Quality of Life. I trained in Conversational Leadership by poet David Whyte and am certified in Enchantivism (inviting people to imagine new worlds) and Creative Problem Solving. I am also is a CPA, Certified Workplace Wellness Program Manager, and Public Health and Wellbeing Specialist. My projects are both corporate and community-based. Each invites people to expand their creative capacity and discover themselves and each other in relationship for vitality and collective social thriving through new ways and uses of storytelling. Drawing upon Enchantivism and Conversational Leadership, my work asks the question: what if we could transform the world by experiencing beauty? This experience is a rich source of inspiration that informs my creative process at the intersection of beauty, wellbeing (social, emotional, and mental) and creativity.
I started painting at The Art Students League of New York in 1999 and have been exhibiting my artwork across the US for the past 20 years. Her work focuses on transformation; inspired by her philosophy that as humans our experience of beauty can change our world by changing the way we see ourselves, our situations and our environments. In 2011, she was awarded an Artist in Residence by 365 Days of Print. She designs interactive art experiences at the Detroit Institute of Arts and has served on the Board of Trustees as the Chair of the Exhibition Committee at Paint Creek Center for the Arts, Rochester, MI. Rita’s work is held in the permanent collections of the NYSE, Brooklyn Art Library, and public communities of Detroit. She lives in Michigan with her husband Alan Haras with whom she frequently collaborates.