Patsy is a nationally-known artist whose paintings and bronzes have been exhibited in museums and galleries and numerous private collections for almost four decades. Her art presents the viewer with a dialog different from that found in words. It is an eloquent expression of the way we think and feel about nature and the spirituality of its peoples. Her art is a continual search for spiritual truth and beauty.
“Art is a search for the ultimate expression of spirit.” As a third generation Phoenician, my paintings and bronzesthe cultures, skies, flowers, land, deserts and imagery of Arizona. Its colors are my palette. I use numerous layers of paint on each canvas to strengthen the texture and images. Since nature often defies description and understanding, I continually try to capture some of its power, magic and mystery. My focus is on resolving and enhancing the relationship of one color to another. Creating is exciting to me. I like the feel of putting paint on the canvas and following an unknown path - not knowing where it will lead.
Often, I am asked, “Do you have an image in mind before you paint?” “No, I don’t, because once I start painting, my hand is guided by my spirit.” As an artist, I am continually dealing with two-mind sets – when to control and when to surrender to the canvas. The canvas becomes a mirror wherein my perspective, vision and spirit are reflected. Somehow, who I am – my spirit and energy – are translated on the canvas and reflects this body of work.
Patsy received Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from ASU in Communication and Theatre. She also attended the U. of Madrid.
Patsy is well-known for her hand-painted gowns which she designed exclusively for Saks Fifth Avenue and Sakowitz. She has won numerous awards throughout her illustrious art career. In 1992, she created, designed and built a straw-bale Chapel at the oldest Mexican land-grant ranch in Arizona. It is featured on the cover of Holy Personal by Laura Chester. Her recent bronzes were cast at Bronzesmith in PrescottValley.