Pat’s Biography 7/26/17
Pat was born and raised in the U.S.A. – South Bend, IN, where as a youngster of 10 or 11 she started taking cello lessons, and has continued to play the cello to the present day. When she was 16 the family moved to Philadelphia, PA. She obtained a B.A. from Swarthmore College. After college she lived for a few years in the Boston area, but then moved abroad to Geneva, and finally to London, England. At that time Pat was a computer programmer for the W.H.O. and then a systems analyst and project manager in the London area.
In 1998 she was accepted into the Wimbledon School of Art M.A. program (in the U.S. this would be called an M.F.A.) on the basis of her existing portfolio. Having gained an M.A. in ‘Drawing in Fine Art Practice’, she was then awarded a full scholarship for four years of further study, and in 2004 she received a Ph.D. in Visual Arts from Goldsmiths College, University of London. This degree comprises both theory and practice. There was a written thesis plus an exhibition of 8 of her large paintings for the Viva.
From 2004 to spring 2008 she maintained a studio in the 100-studio complex at Wimbledon Art Studios, London, regularly showing and selling paintings and the occasional drawing.
In the spring of 2008 Pat and her husband moved back to the U.S., living first in an artist live/work studio in New Bedford, MA ’The Ropeworks’ for several years.
IN 2010 Pat published a book of poems and paintings from the 1980’s and ‘90’s: ‘Bars and Windows – diary of a poet/painter’. Using the two languages of poetry and painting allows the works to enhance each other, but not directly illustrate each other. It is a ‘diary’ in the sense that the moods move from despair through anger to joy in 7 chapters.
Pat’s paintings consist of acrylic on canvas. She considers her work as more a matter of raising questions than providing ‘answers’ or 'illustrations'.
Her paintings often include figures, sometimes ambiguous and with ambiguous interactions, allowing stories to emerge in our minds about them. The ambiguity allows a feeling of moods, and qualities of inter-personal space, as well as references to time and memory.
In recent years (2018-2019) Pat's work has slowly evolved into having less emphasis on what could be termed 'references' to figures as people, yet a greater emphasis on more abstract images, marks and overall impressions, still reflecting moods/dreams/interactions between people and overall impressions. This then developed further: as a result of participating in an art show which was foregrounding 'nature' - in a wide scope, but still involving emphasis on unconscious links between color and marks on one hand and people with their unconscious minds on the other. Recent attention to some aspects of 'Surealist' art - in all its variance - has inspired a further 'wondering' about 'Abstract Surealism' from a more recent standpoint.