Am I an artist now? I’ve been
intrigued by that question since childhood and continue to wonder about it
today. My expressive works – my ceramic
ware, my printmaking, my drawings – come from a muse that has always been with
me. Sometimes it’s strong and demanding
that I be making something / anything; other times it is subtle, nearly mute,
calling me to listen to what is going on around me and incorporate that into
the making. Am I an artist? I think it matters more that I keep asking
the question than whatever may be the answer.
I don’t have one particular medium or style for creating, though I
currently work mostly with ceramics - clay thrown on the wheel and hand
built. I am focused on better
understanding the lives and creative development of my favorite great artists
from the early 20th century, at least for now, and that has involved
reading about them, studying and sketching from their works, and incorporating
that into what I need to make. It is a process that has gone on among artists
for millennia, and I am drawn to be a part of that long path. I hope that you will come along with me and
reflect on my journey as you see my work.
Patrick recently returned to South Carolina after many years as a
behavioral sciences professor in Florida. His art muse came calling to start making ceramics 20 + years ago, and
his ware was displayed and sold in various shows over time, as well as Florida
Craft Art and A Little Room for Art in St. Petersburg, FL. He organized and co-curated five shows at his
previous college and ended his teaching career in the area of Interdisciplinary
Arts. For Patrick, art is woven to the
fabric of culture in his community, his home, and the expression of his
life. We are alive now, in this moment,
and art is a significant part of the living experience.
Patrick enjoys and welcomes discussion regarding art across a broad
range of mediums and platforms.
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