Frances L. Patton
My art symbolizes experiences of nature, psychology, and consciousness, the inner realities that underlie the outer, the realities that are expressed through the arts and mythology, as well as spirituality, dreams, and visions.
In a minimalist style of strong abstraction- in pastel, oil, or watercolor- I create paintings that bring what I discover of the inner worlds into the outer. Often developing as series, the paintings express a range of states of being, emotion, and vision related to individual story and communal myth. These themes also inspire independent, yet complementary works in prose, poetry, weaving, and fiber arts mobiles.
My intent in exhibiting my art is to contribute to peace. My images present a powerful female energy-of-being, a life-affirming male energy-of-being and a complementarity between the two that means conflict can be resolved through engagement and dialogue- there is no need for war. Artist since childhood, I elected art courses through four years of high school, in addition to extra curricula courses in drawing, and painting, before concentrating in Fine Arts in college, graduating from Boston University in 1970. I began exhibiting art in 1982, and have participated in exhibits with Women Exhibiting in Boston, Artists for Survival, Womankind Educational and Resource Center for Women, the Weavers' Guild of Lexington Arts and Crafts Association, The Tower Gallery, Amazing Things Gallery, The Danforth Museum of Art, and Arts Wayland, and in solo exhibits. Art from these exhibits, as well as commissioned work, is in private collections.