I have no illusions whatsoever about whether my artistic talent is anywhere near the level of a world famous Italian tenor. It isn’t. But I do understand what Bocelli is saying. When I started painting, just over a decade ago, I did not set out to become an artist. Over time, the reactions of others led me to start seeing myself that way.
- * Friends and supporters began to show more than a mild ‘That’s nice, Pat” interest in what I was doing. (They were genuinely excited about my work, and purchased pieces for themselves and others!)
- * Other artists began asking for hints and pointers on my technique. (I didn’t think what I was doing was anything special!)
- * People who learned about my art began asking me where they could view and buy my work. (It never occurred to them that I wasn’t connected to a gallery somewhere!)
- * And finally, as the paintings piled up in my studio, I simply had to find a way to make space and buy supplies for what came next.
Along the way, I have learned that I truly love to paint – most especially in the outdoors and in the moment. With pen or brush in hand, with paints and paper in front of me, I am just plain happy!
Splash and squiggle is how I work. Ink and watercolor is where I live. My best work springs to life when I approach it with a lighthearted, playful spirit.
In art, as in life, I aim to be an Appreciative Adventurer – searching out joy and beauty wherever I am and wherever I go. I am drawn to express the up side, the sunny side, the inspiring message that life is good.
My greatest wish is that others – and that includes you – feel encouraged and heartened for having been in the presence of my work.
When I asked a recent collector of my art why he decided to purchase a certain painting, he told me the piece was ‘full of life and that it made him happy’.
It’s that kind of feedback that keeps me keeping on!