She was influenced by Bruce Barnden, Art Master at school. then by Lesley Cole, Head of Painting at the The Central School of Art and lastly by the French Impressionists. Patricia gained a scholarship to The West Sussex College of Arts and Crafts and went on to study painting and life painting at The Central School of Art.
Working in oils and latterly pastels, producing still lifes, landscapes and nudes of scenes that range from Twickenham to St.Tropez, Patricia’s resulting work reflects the vibrant colours and brilliant light of the South of France. Patricia was recently made a member of the Society of Women Artists.
“I paint because it’s there. I look at a scene, building, still life or whatever and see the patterns, rhythms and colours. I try and reflect this in the vivid beauty and passionate colours of the Cote D’Azure. The ebullient blushes of colour shapes of a still life, the raw colour rhythms and emotions of New York. I see buildings with patterns of colour – shadows casting unusual shapes, all of which I find fascinating.
As Henri Mattisse said: ‘Colour was not given to us in order that we should imitate nature. It was given to us to express our emotions'”