Patti is based in Castle Douglas, and is known for her striking and energetic mark making paintings. She is a resident Researcher in Fine Art at the University of Cumbria. We are thrilled to have several of her large-scale paintings, inspired by research and writings of Nan Shepherd.
She describes her works: "For the past four years work has focused on two residencies in north-west Iceland, in which walking, camping and hiking in the mountains played an intrinsic part in composing paintings. The precipitous mountains, the rhythms of the walks and climbs, and the contingencies of sketching or photographing very quickly in the cold and wind, informed the way I saw, experienced and thought about my surroundings. The myths and literature of Iceland, from the Sagas to present-day, have played a large part in forming ideas about relationships to nature that are very different to the exploitative ones of present day capitalist culture.
My paintings are mixed media, often using raw pigments from the geology of the area; they are made on a grid and depict many small narratives and episodes rather than one single ‘scene’ or ‘landscape’. This reflects the changing experiences of walking pace. Although there’s a lot of activity in the paintings, I want to hold to one idea within the image. So for example, one of the paintings I’m proposing is ‘about’ climbing a glacier and seeing the recession of the glacial ice due to global warming"
Snaefellsjokull I (2014)
Medium: Mixed Media on Canvas
Framed Size: 167cm x 188cm
Olafsfjorour Sink Hole (2016-7)
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Finished Size: 160cm x 180cm