Pat works in watercolor on arches. She is inspired her travels to national parks and other wilderness areas. In 2015, Pat started teaching weekly watercolor classes at the Lamar Senior Community Center in Austin TX. In 2017, started teaching at the Riverside Rehab Center, Austin.
Art enriches the spirit and mind, and warms the soul. Painting in watercolor or any water media is a process of letting go; allowing water to seep into the fibers of the paper as it dries, then as the paint begins to settle".
We find beauty not in the thing itself but in the patterns of shadows, the light and the darkness, that one thing against another creates… 'Were it not for shadows, there would be no beauty.' - Junichiro Tanizaki. My work is informed by the relationship between shadow and substance, shape and form, light and dark, value and hue. My primary focus is the human form, the outward expression of attitude and emotion, that magic thread that connects us one to another".
Particularly drawn to the human form and to documenting the human experience through her work, she is influenced by both a love of biological science and anthropology.
Lynn Zwern (lynnzwern.com) fell in love with the freedom of painting with watercolors on Yupo many years ago. Yupo is a unique alternative to traditional art papers. It's a synthetic paper made of polypropylene plastic that is tree-free and recyclable. The plastic is a slippery surface that makes it difficult to control the painting process. The looseness of the watercolors as they flow over the paper seems to give them a mind of their own. Lynn relies upon her intuition to guide her through the many surprises she encounters while painting on Yupo.