PATRICE TOVAR, EDMONDS Member Since August 2019 Artist Statement Patrice was born and raised in the beautiful Pacific Northwest region of the USA, where her dual passions for art and nature were nurtured. Formal training in both began in early childhood and continued through her 20's.
Additional degrees in landscape architecture and psychology enrich her art and -- during lean times -- have enabled her to work as a landscape architect, a commercial artist, and conservation planner.
She has traveled extensively and has resided in California, Colorado and Italy, as well as Washington State. "I love to savor a variety of landscapes, and my paintings invite the viewer to experience what I've absorbed. I don't work from photos and never pre-plan my paintings. Instead, I turn off my thoughts and let my subconscious deliver impressions to the canvas via the brush."
Patrice's style features recognizable forms along with abstract shapes and textures that energize the forms and draw the viewer's eye through the composition. Bold, rich colors add impact and excitement.
Within her vibrant dream-like landscapes, viewers often find hidden images she did not intentionally create. "The viewers interpret what they see through the lens of their own memories, which gives them a more intriguing and personal experience."
Like her circular compositions, Patrice's own path has come full circle.Today she lives beside the Salish Sea in Washington State and continues her immersion in nature and art.