'My aim is to evoke in viewers immediate emotional responses that tap into their feelings, sense of balance, healing, and excitement.'
'My art originates from my interest in the impact and power of colour on viewers’ visual and emotional senses. I find my inspiration and focal points through exploring and contrasting vibrant colours and shapes using bold abstract compositions. My aim is to evoke in viewers immediate emotional responses that tap into their feelings, sense of balance, healing, and excitement. My work leans towards minimalism as it promotes the clarity and immediacy I strive for. Over the years my colour palettes ranged from the intensity and power of black, greys, and white to rich reds, fuchsias, pinks, oranges, violets, and more recently, to hues of blue. I prefer oil as my predominant medium but look forward to incorporating mixed media in my future paintings.'
A native New Yorker, Patricia studied at the Art Students League of New York. Between 2010 and 2019, she exhibited her paintings in several group exhibitions at the Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery in the Art Students League and in several other venues. She began painting in 2009 and became a voted member of the Art Students League of New York in 2014.
Between 2015 and 2019, Patricia exhibited her paintings in three separate solo exhibits at the New York City Public Library (NYPL) 125th Street Branch in Manhattan. Her most recent solo exhibition at the NYPL was in November 2019 for the entire month and included twelve of her paintings.
Patricia graduated from both the City University of New York’s Hunter College and City College with undergraduate and graduate degrees. She also graduated from Pratt Institute with a degree in engineering and worked several years as a project engineer. She is a former NYC Teaching Fellow and taught fifteen years in NYC’s public schools.
In 2016, The Metropolitan Museum of Art selected Patricia as one of 14 NYC teachers to participate in the museum’s year-long Astor Educator Teaching Fellow Program. Instructed by the museum’s own teaching staff, she used her training to expose inner-city public school students to different forms of visual arts using the museum’s massive art collection. She also engaged students in their own artmaking within the classroom.
In 2017, Patricia left teaching to pursue painting and writing full time. She is the mother of one married son and has three grandchildren.
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