As a result of Pattie’s first experience with the new medium of alcohol ink, she knew she had found her artistic home. Like watercolors, Pattie was delighted to discover the layering effect of the alcohol inks and the unexpected results of using quick drying isopropyl alcohol as a solvent. She was also thrilled with the intensity of color of the inks. Instead of paint brushes, Pattie uses cotton balls, cotton swabs, spray bottles of alcohol and plastic drinking straws to help her intuitively discover the subject of her work. Just like an ink blot test or seeing images in cloud formations, Pattie lets the painting tell her what it would like to be and then Pattie helps the painting along to completion. Because of the intuitive nature of her work, she never knows exactly what she will end up with before she begins and is herself often amazed by the results!
Pattie currently exhibits at the Carytown Collective in Richmond, Virginia. Prior to moving to Richmond in 2018, Pattie was a Resident Artist at the Williamsburg Art Gallery in Williamsburg, Virginia. The gallery was selected by the American Art Awards as one of the 25 Best Museums and Art Galleries in America and Best of Virginia in 2017. She exhibited at the Blue Skies Gallery in Hampton, Virginia and Pattie was the People’s Choice Award winner at the 2016 Art at the River Juried Art Show in Yorktown, Virginia. Like many artists, Pattie experiences her artistic expression as something that comes “through” her. Her objective is to create a painting that commands attention, brings joy, and encourages the viewer’s eyes to travel through the work contemplatively.