1 ::: Why are you an artist Patricia?
It has become a calling if you will. We
are all born with certain personality
characteristics, and through life's experiences
we slowly become who we are, with a lot
of trial, error and uncertainty. I have
always responded to different forms of
art as with music, writing, and the fine
arts. I picked my medium, which was to
paint on canvases. My son for instance,
who is 16, choose music to show his artistry.
+2 ::: Could you tell us some more about
Painting gives me the most satisfying
pleasure. When all the forces come together:
the brush strokes, the right colors, the
mood I created through starting the painting,
my style which comes through, and I try
not to loose that stream of consciousness
when I paint. It is trance-like and it
is the only way I know how to meditate.
It is like awake-dreaming. Often when
my work is completed, I have noticed that
sometimes it is autobiographical, or there
are instances in my life that get incorporated
into my work, also when I paint imaginary
people, they become people that I know
(in the painting). It all depends on the
subject matter. Sometimes the most ordinary
of paintings are my personal favorites,
because I love what I experienced and
where I went when I painted it.
+3 ::: What artists have influenced you,
have been many but my personal favorites
are, Käthe Kollwitz, Edward Hopper,
Richard Diebenkorn, Gabrielle Münter,
Gustav Permeke, and David Hockney.
+4 ::: What other interests do have (besides
I make long
walks with my dog, I read good literature-primarily
fiction-and I am part of a dream group,
I love gardening and cooking, I have some
good friends that I enjoy getting together
with, and the best of all is just being
with my husband and two kids.
::: What inspires you to paint and how
do you keep motivated when things get
tough in the studio?
Often the many drives and walks around
Vermont. I try to approach my work like
a child (between the ages of 3-9), which
is without reservation, to put it down
initially with ease and enjoyment, and
then later I round off the edges, meanwhile
I try to retain that original flair, as
to when I started it.
::: How have you handled the business
side of being an artist?
I learn as I go along, one rule of thumb,
don't spend money that you don't have.
With the sales of my greeting cards, I
give a percentage to a nonprofit organization
of my choice, which is indicated on the
back of each card, and I find people like
to purchase items, if a part of the proceeds
go to a good cause. I sometimes give a
percentage of the proceeds from paintings,
depending on how much the gallery takes.
Life is like a boomerang if you throw
out good, good comes back, if you throw
out bad, bad comes back. It's kind of
like the law of the universe.
::: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I'd like to be doing what I am doing now,
I only hope that my work will have improved,
and will be more evolved from what it
::: Could you talk about your latest series
of paintings and what you are trying to
achieve with them?
Lately I have been drawn to
painting trees. I paint abstract symbols,
figures and landscapes (sometimes still-lives)
and while I am painting them, my heart
yearns to paint trees.
::: What advice would you give to an artist
just starting out?
Never give up. Paint and draw what is
difficult. If you have troubles with buildings,
paint buildings, if it is the figure you
are not sure of, paint the figure, and
when you do this you will see how nice
your repertoire comes together and what
you dreaded doing the most could turn
out to be your most rewarding, and satisfying