Description Ever since I saw the first pictures from the Hubble Telescope I've been fascinated by some of the pictures of nebula it photographed and sent us. So, I went into my own large space - my imagination - and came up with my very own nebula.The original of this painting has been sold. Only prints are available.
Patricia Ann Rizzo, Southern California Member Since February 2007 Artist Statement I'm a self-taught artist, and after a lifetime of doing work that helped support my family, now - in my retirement, I can finally devote time to what I have always wanted to do...paint.
I was born in a tiny town called Old Forge, Pennsylvania, over 60 years ago. My dad was a coal miner and my mom worked in a silk mill. Simple hard-working people from a simple environment - yet my life was rich in color in the beauty of nature and in the world in general. I am convinced some folks are born with an "artist's eye" - I have it, and it allows me to spend hours examining the bark of a tree, the structure and color of a flower, the line on a person's face - things others only glance at as they walk by. I truly believe this is a god-given talent and drives both the artist and the collector.
I am a self-taught artist and I paint whatever interests me at the time - hopefully, this freedom reflects itself in my finished paintings. Manyof my paintings at present are florals - "Roses in my Waterglass" is my favorite and sold to a collector who owns over 20 of my paintings. Others, "A Shady Spot in the Garden" and "Freesia!" are also among my favorites - feminine florals - but I am also known for graphite on bristol board of racing thoroughbreds. When a friend showed me a picture of her husband as he proudly sat on his newly restored Harley - it brought about the painting "The Biker".
Some of my paintings belong in rooms filled with lacy doilies, rocking chairs and chiming clocks - while others belong in masculine dens and offices. I love the freedom of my painting and hope it shows! I am always amazed when folks show an interest in my work and always humble when they purchase my paintings.