Pat’s creation of a fantasy world began as a child growing up on the far end of an island in Maine. She was surrounded by nature and a turn of the century atmosphere. Inspired by fairy tales, Pat began to draw.
Her artistic talents evolved over the years, including formal art education at the Massachusetts College of Art, Marymount College, and Hunter College. Her work gradually progressed from painting to three-dimensional sculpture to mixed-media.
Pat’s sculptures take the form of animals, warriors, sorcerers, and other figures of the fantasy world. Her basic materials used for the works are crafted from stoneware or porcelain clay. The work is adorned with antique beads, wings, furs, glass, game pieces, shells, and other unusual items that Pat has collected from antique jewelry and clothing.
Her figurative sculptures are usually based on figures renowned in history, serious or whimsical: Henry VIII, the Mona Lisa, and mythological figures. Others are based on real ancestors from 19th century Maine.
Pat lives on an old dairy farm in Northern Maryland. The converted barn serves as a studio and exhibition space. The barn, house, and yard are a fantasy environment. They are filled with old and new mystical creatures of every kind.
Over the years, Pat has been in numerous regional and national juried shows. Highlights of these awards and shows are listed below.
Museum Collections and Awards:
· Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York City: “Young Americans”
· Museum of Fine Arts, Wilmington, DE. Purchase award and permanent collection and traveling Smithsonian show.
· Towson State University 1st and 2nd Invitational Women’s Shows
· Liriodendron Foundation, Bel Air, MD. Permanent collection
· Hagerstown Museum, Hagerstown, MD. Traveling exhibit.
· Permanent collection and purchase award, Arkansas Arts Center and Decorative Arts Museum, Little Rock, AR.
· Three times “Niche” award finalist, The Rosen Group.
Juried and Invitational Shows of Note:
· Tea ‘n Trompe, Craft Alliance, St. Louis, Missouri
· Teapot Exhibition, Pinch/Ferrin, North Hampton, Massachusetts
· “Fantasy Figures”, Greater Reston Arts Center, Reston, Virginia
· 30th Annual Toys designed by Artists, Arkansas Arts center, 2003 purchase award, Little Rock, Arkansas
· Permanent collection, Arkansas Arts Center, Decorative Arts Museum, Little Rock, Arkansas
· “The Art of Fantasy and Science Fiction”, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Deleware
· “Hot Tea” 12th Annual Contemporary Teapot Exhibition, Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, California
· “Artists Play Dolls”, OXOCO Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland
· 31st Annual Toys Designed by Artists, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Arkansas
· “Far off the Runway” Virginia Breier Gallery, San Francisco, California
· “Hot Tea” 13th Annual Contemporary Teapot Exhibition, Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, California
· “Steeped in Tradition”, 18th Annual Teapot Exhibition, Ariana Gallery, Royal Oak, Michigan
· “Hot Tea” 14th Annual Contemporary Teapot Exhibition, Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, California
· National Teapot Show VI, Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmor, North Carolina
· “The Teapot: From Function to Sculpture”, 19th Annual Teapot Show, Ariana Gallery, Royal Oak, Michigan
· “Through the Looking Glass, Curiouser and Curiouser Teapots”, 10th Invitational Teapot Show, Craft Alliance, St. Louis, Missouri
· “Hot Tea”, 15th Annual Contemporary Teapot Exhibition, Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
· “Steeped in Tradition”, Ariana Gallery, Royal Oak, Michigan
· “Hot Tea”, 16th Annual Contemporary Teapot Exhibition, Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
· “Metal Mania”, Craft Alliance, St. Louis, Missouri
· 20 Years Exhibiting in the American Craft Council Shows in Baltimore Maryland, Columbus Ohio, West Springfield Massachusetts and Atlanta Georgia