Pat Schappler “In Her Garden #2”
16 inch diameter, oil on panel
I'm one of eleven children and my mom was one of nineteen, so I grew up loving the noise of family and have four children as well with my husband Mark. I draw as a way of looking at and talking about the complexity of relationships. Originating from ideas of 'family', I search for meaningful ways of expressing oppositional but essential partnerships...joy and loss, fragility and strength, present and past. To that end, I aim to connect with and uncover time in this process. I respond to the tactility of materials in hand, the physicality of large spaces, and the combined spiritual and sensual nature of working from life. Whether sourced from biblical, familial, or fairytale, the narrative remains the same: connected histories in an ongoing love story.