I find it ironic that, while it remains a challenge to find venues willing to exhibit figurative work, painting and drawing the human figure remains one of the most popular and sought-after studio activities for artists. Throughout history, art has shown us the timeless beauty of the human form, and the challenge to interpret and represent that form remains intensely engaging.
I have gained so much from my fellow artists over many years during our Holy Names Friday sessions (open to all students!)-so many talented and dedicated practitioners to inspire me. There is no end to learning “how to see”, and while we are never guaranteed a successful outcome as we begin each session, I can attest that the time always flies by, and we leave exhausted from the effort!
I was fortunate to have made a successful career for myself in the ceramic arts, but drawing/painting the figure has always been a parallel discipline. I would encourage all students to not forsake having an “art experience” during your time at Holy Names—your spirit will thank you!
Influences: Richard Diebenkorn, Edward Hopper, the artists of the Bay Area Figurative movement.
-- Patricia Garrett