Is talent nature or nurture ?
Patty comes from a long line of New England artists. Her father, artist Bud Jones of California, had five great-uncles who were well known for their portraits and landscapes in South Portland, Maine. Summers, she travelled with her father eastward from California to Deer Island, New Brunswick and a one-room schoolhouse they had inherited from Deer Island grandmother Minnie Mitchell. There, she watched him mix his oils and transform the crisp, summer landscapes, fishermen as they worked their busy boats and the turning tides into a rendering of the time and place onto canvas.
She inherited all his brushes and palette knives upon his passing.
Patty wandered through the art buildings and displays at San Jose State University, which she attended from 1970-1975 and where she was invited to join an honours philosophy program upon entering. Always pulled between the polar opposites of Art and Science, she chose science as a career path and received B.Sc.'s in biology (with emphasis in medical entomology) and medical science and graduated from the California College of Podiatric Medicine with a doctorate in podiatric medicine in 1978. She opened a podiatry practice in Santa Rosa and attended the Art Academy of San Francisco on her days off, acting as art director for the Santa Rosa Ballet Company's promotion advertising. She moved to Bakersfield, California in the central valley in 1981 and, with her then husband, specialized in convalescent and senior home podiatry care throughout the area. Taking a few years off for children, she continued to pursue her art training and dragged the two year old in a stroller, while pregnant with the second baby, to yet again more design and colour theory classes at California State University of Bakersfield. "Free time" allowed her to perfect and hone her eye for cartoons and line drawings and she illustrated a children's book for author Aleda Michels, as well as three of her own children's illustrated books; "Kidney Bean Bunky".
Patty moved to Deer Island, New Brunswick bringing full circle this west coast/east coast migration and the interpretation of the beauty of the land onto paper or canvas. While running her fulltime podiatry practices in the Charlotte County Area of New Brunswick and Washington County, Maine, she returned to the world of art by teaching after-school art at the Deer Island Elementary School. And then she discovered our wonderful local art resource in St. Andrews, Sunbury Shores, and probably took every class offered over the next few years.
What does the art say ?
For Patty, art is a translation of a palpable vibration or energy that is inherent in the rocks, the trees and especially in the human face and interpersonal relationships. She works in a variety of media, with a free style and a flourish of colour. Her subject matter is eclectic, but reflective of the Bay of Fundy and the deep beauty of the land and the intensity of that beauty.
Where has she shown ?
- Silver Lake, Saint John, New Brunswick Group Show 2008
- Saint John Arts Centre, Saint John, New Brunswick—juried admission 2009
- Lubec, Maine collective art gallery shows, 2010, 2012
- Gillmor Boutique and Gallery, St. George, New Brunswick, 2012, 2014
- Jerome Andrews, New Brunswick Boathouse Gallery 2014
- Sunbury Shores, Saint Andrews, New Brunswick—group shows many times