I work intuitively with oils, acrylics, graphite, & gold leaf. My goal is to fuse the acts of painting and drawing into layered surfaces suggesting a sense of atmosphere. With lyrical scrawls, gouges, deep scratches and repetitive mark making, my work references the realms of nature, spirituality, and visceral sensation.
My creative journey began in my birthplace of Caracas, Venezuela and has taken me to live in cities as disparate as Seattle, Santa Barbara, Chattanooga, Miami and now Greenville, SC.
During the past twenty years I have relished every chapter and especially each of the buildings that have nurtured me and my work. From my first studio on Whidbey Island, Washington to the 100 year old historic brick edifice we remodeled in the heart of Chattanooga’s Main Street to the 1976 Airstream that I gutted and settled into the midst of a five acre tropical forest in Miami- all have allowed me to surround myself in a natural world charged with preternatural flora, fauna and astonishing Atmosphere.
Among the living beings at my side have been three giant mastiffs, a pair of pygmy goats, a pot belly pig, thousands of birds, orchids, gargantuan oak trees, literally countless free range chickens and owls, always owls.
My artist husband, Rey Alfonso, our family, friends and the most loyal and impassioned collectors I could have imagined have walked beside me on my path. All of these elements have surrounded me and, indeed, flowed through me during the innumerable hours of silence I have Immersed myself in since I committed my life to art.
It can sound lofty, but really I am merely powered by fierce discipline, a dedication to representing the unseen and transcendent aspects of living, and a healthy dose of obsession with the natural world.
Patricia DeLeon holds a BFA in Fine Art Photography, Fibres and Art History from Western Washington University. DeLeon is widely collected in the US, Canada and Latin America. She lives and works in Greenville, South Carolina
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