Patricia is all about having an abundant life. She’s an encaustic artist, author and international instructor striving for 15 years now to reach more, teach more, inspire more throughout the world; no matter how big or small.
Interview by Jenny Hansen Lane
What inspires you? “Words, color, vitality, growth, trust, risk for a higher purpose.”
Are there any challenges that have particularly changed you?
“Creating where nothing existed, filling a need based only on my trust in the gut instinct that drove me to do so.”
“Selling everything and moving abroad for two years, ‘homeless’ out of suitcases to ‘evangelize’ encaustic then returning stateside and feeling called to move to Lexington (more foreign than abroad from Seattle!) and into the NoLi district no less, and look what’s come and coming.”
What are some of the parallels you can draw (pun) intended between your life as an artist and the process of encaustic art? “I’m so glad you asked this. The biggest that is resonating is simplicity. My work is being distilled down to the essence of what makes my heart dance, and so I am finding my life/business development.”
“Where for the past 12 years I have scurried about the world trying to reach more and teach more, I find that I am now so plainly trying to draw everyone in and inspire more. This is happening through the invitation to come here, this amazing place, the beautiful environment that it’s become, and sit around my tables and feel it in/for yourself to everyone who hears the call 🙂 Reach more, teach more, inspire more. My tag line, living out.”
“Another place I draw a parallel is embracing things I hadn’t thought of embracing before. And loving them. In my work this is found objects, assemblage and integrating more of other, and less of wax, to tell a story.”
“In my life it is the wonder of living in NoLi, (learn more about NoLi here
) of watching the culture here, and choosing to integrate with it, not shun or be scared of it. As well, to work, as my art
is, with something that might not be considered art
material in its original form (found objects from my home).
I used to try to do it all myself, now I embrace working with others, particularly others in my neighborhood, to make the growth and development I hope to see happen, happen.
These people are no one I would’ve ever thought possible to find myself working with in my past, yet now here, it just all makes sense, and feels so good and right.
As well trust. Big one.”
“Because you can understand, I heard God tell me about a year ago to trust. I said, ‘yeah yeah I know trust You.’ But He smiled and said no, I trust you.”
“That was one for the books. I felt it sink into my gut and hit home. God trusts me with what he’s entrusted to me. I can therefore trust what is in my heart and spirit and trust to keep working from and in it, despite how hard, impenetrable or immovable it may seem to be at any one moment.”
What else can you share with us? So much. And so little. Reach more, teach more, inspire more.
You can see Patricia’s work here
Here calendar of events are amazing and please go drool over her castle, here.