If you’re looking for messages of encouragement, inspiration and motivation; if you like to be reminded to look for the beautiful, the whimsical and the lovely in everyday life, you’ve come to the right place.
Hi, I’m Patricia Bentham and I work at creating colourful and playful ink and watercolor pictures that touch the heart, that point to the good and that help you to see the world in a positive way.
My images are a source of connection, a spark for a conversation, helping you see magic in everyday life. My hope is, that by surrounding yourself with images that bring you enjoyment and inspiration, you’ll awaken your own desire to be creative.
What I Create
I can’t shut up about creating fresh images, drawing with spontaneity, capturing beauty, celebrating a moment, finding the story, being heart led, creating joy, and feeling deeply. It’s important for me to focus on finding a story and painting images that make me feel something.
For better or worse, I generally create pictures without drawing with pencil first. I love the fluid freshness of a black ink line on white paper, the spontaneity of it, and the sense of liveliness that occurs in an illustration by a touch of a pen. I’m happy if I create a picture that connects to the heart or when an image with mood and personality materializes.
I try to create art that captures, through drawing and writing, some of what brings gladness, color, beauty, and laughter into our lives.
When I was a child, I was called Pat, and like the bull, Ferdinand, in Robert McCloskey’s classic book, (although Ferdinand was under the branches and I was amongst them), my favorite place to be was high in the branches of our backyard apple tree, alone, and happily observing the world around me.
In elementary school, a jumble of shapes, colors, and patterns, all clamoured for my attention, distracting me from the drone coming from the front of the room. Atlases full of cheerful maps, vibrant illustrations in old readers, and the weekly Friday art lesson helped me endure the days. Like many artists, doodling all over my notebooks helped me concentrate.
Now I go by Patricia, and yes, I am still incredibly distracted by color, line, shape, texture, light, and all those good things that make life interesting. I experiment with paint, creating blobs of color and varied lines, observing results. I like to discover and learn what does and does not create an interesting and fresh image.
A playful approach to making art keeps me curious and wondering, helps me to focus and concentrate, relieves stress and boredom, delights my soul, and motivates me to continue to create daily. It silences the inner critic because, what the heck, I’m just playing!
I’m retired from teaching now and love spending time exploring West coast beaches and parks and playing with my grandkids. I’ve learned to say no a lot, and to put my time and energy into drawing, painting and writing.
Other About Me Stuff…
I have worked with a variety of clients on the west coast of Canada. My illustration work is geared to both adults and children and has appeared in magazines, advertising, posters, newspapers and websites.
After two years of fine art studies at the University of Victoria, I switched to a career in education. I received a Bachelor of Education degree specializing in Art Education and filled my course load with as many studio art and design courses as possible. Since then I’ve continued to hone my skills through books, workshops, classes and programs.
As well as teaching kindergarten and visual arts to all grades for 20 years, I’ve completed both web and print design certification programs.
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