Artist Statement 2017

As a Colorist, I paint what I cannot photograph, translating external/internal
complexities into layers of colors doodled on canvas, paper, wood or cardboard. I was
five when drawing and painting became my first holy communion, and my religion. Be my
subjects flesh, land, water, air, imagination or abstraction, viewers and collectors most
frequently speak of the spirit of the work. This universal connection makes my art priceless to me.

Color inspires my compositions and drives their energy, movement and depth. Oil stick,
tube or pastel color, shapes and textures on paper and canvas render social, political and
cultural issues, portraits of human nature and existence.

Each work is unpremeditated and begins with doodles dictated by my heart and spirit in
streams of consciousness, where self-awareness disappears in solitary acts of creation.

The first three colors are random selections that dictate the palette. Each new layer of color urges evolution, until one subject dominates the whole, exciting me with its
unexpected presence and the challenge of its development.

What influences my work goes beyond art school and art history courses to current events and the rhythms of classical and contemporary music, Mahler to Dylan
to McFerrin. Unintentional color-cominglings sometime change the work's direction.

Art museum and gallery travels across America and in Hawaii, Europe and Russia connect me to past and present art worlds.

As some artists have in every era, my art advocates for justice, raising awareness of how to attain spiritual freedom that art and education create. These are the priceless components of my passion to paint.


Critically Acclaimed Art by Colorist Patricia Obletz