Patricia grew up in Selkirk and attended Selkirk High School. There she was taught by the artist John McNairn, who inspired Patricia's great love for landscapes of the Scottish Borders. She studied from 1962-64 at Edinburgh College of Art before completing a three year course in Dress and Design at Queen Margaret College. Patricia taught fabric collage and creative embroidery for three years before starting her family. It was when her children began school that she decided to paint full-time. Her work has been accepted by the Scottish Society of Women Artists, The Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour and the Scottish Artists and Artist Craftsmen. Patricia has also exhibited in many mixed and Solo exhibitions and has work in private collections.
"Observation, contemplation, then translating into paint. I find the process complusive and it gives me a feeling of fulfilment and identity. With my roots firmly in the Scottish Borders, I feel passionate about it's richly colourful landscape, rolling hills, patchwork quilts of fields, sudden dark shapes of woodland, the River Tweed twisting and turning throughout. With all this, plus the dramatic headland of St Abbs, only a few miles away from where I live and a lovely cottage garden to tend, I have a wealth of subject matter on my doorstep.
Walking and cycling through the countryside, absorbing the colours and lighting, I return to my studio with these stored images and allow each painting to acquire its own momentum trusting intuition to release the imagination. From frustration to elation I feel all these emotions. Painting is a fascinating journey - some dead ends and some wrong turns but I am always striving to make progress and continuing to learn and to delve deeper.
I paint in free and fluid style using watercolour, acrylic and mixed media, building up many layers and always searching deeply for an emotional response, leading the mind beyond what the eye perceives. Ideas come out of working, and painting soon takes on a life of its own which is very exciting. Experimentation is important. When a painting starts to sing, I know it is nearing completion.
To describe my paintings I would use the words - poetic, evocative, melodic."
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