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Patricia Griffin Brett

Patricia Griffin Brett Fine Art

Smithfield, VA

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MY PERSONAL ARTIST STATEMENT
I'm a self-taught artist and strongly believe that everyone is given the gift of creativity when we're born. We're all just presented with different opportunities to develop our creativity (some more advantageous and better than others), and we use the gifts we're given in different ways.
I find inspiration in nearly everything. I could not imagine having a life without creativity involved. I've taken classes and workshops ranging from drawing, painting, mixed media, photography, clay, lampwork (making glass beads), weaving, and beadwork to try & improve on the skills I do have. In the world today, where there is so much tragedy and uncertainty; I think art is especially important, as well as being therapeutic & certainly cheaper than a therapist! We can lose ourselves and transcend our sorrows when we create, and truly be in a better and more peaceful world.

BIOGRAPHY: PATRICIA GRIFFIN BRETT

I was born on my grandfather's farm in the country, in North Carolina. Before I was a year old, my father joined the newly formed U.S. Air Force and moved my mother and me to Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. After spending time in Florida, our growing family moved to Virginia, lived there until I was seven, and then moved to St. John's, Newfoundland. After a tour there, we moved back to Virginia, where we stayed until moving to Oslo, Norway when I was a teenager. We lived in a beautiful mountaintop village called Sandvika, which overlooked a fjord. While in Norway, I learned to ski, ice skate, and speak a little Norwegian, and also had the chance to visit Sweden, Finland, and Denmark.
From the time I was a very small child, I have loved creating things with my own hands and began to draw at an early age. I learned to sew and do embroidery from my mother and grandmother, who also taught me to crochet. While living in Norway, I taught myself to knit and learned the Scandinavian technique of knitting from our next-door neighbor.
I once dreamed of becoming a fashion designer and used to spend a lot of time drawing designs for clothing. Nowadays I paint, do photography & various types of beadwork, beadweaving, and make jewelry. I also combine fiber and beads, and I love mixed media. In the past few years, I've discovered how to make art on my computer & taught myself as much as I possibly could. I use a stylus & tablet for painting & am learning how to better use my design programs. So, now I'm taking lessons in Photoshop Artistry & creating mixed media through that.
I've sold my work through various shops, restaurants, and galleries for the past 25 years and am a former member of The Bead Society of Southeastern Virginia, the Tidewater Artists Assoc., The Isle of Wight Arts League, the Suffolk Art League, and the VA. Watercolor Society. I served on the board of the Smithfield Cultural Arts Center for several years, where I had a studio and taught summer art camps for youth. I've also taught privately, at bead shops in the area, and at art retreats.

Exhibitions include:
Smithfield Cultural Arts Center, Smithfield, VA
The Hermitage, Norfolk, VA
The Smithfield Bakery, Smithfield, VA
Riverview Gallery, Portsmouth, VA
The Pagan River Shoppes, Smithfield, VA
Morales Art Gallery, Nags Head, NC
Arts Kitchen, Suffolk, VA
Seaside Art Gallery, Nags Head, NC
Suffolk Art Museum, Suffolk, VA
Nansemond Suffolk Academy, Suffolk, VA
Suffolk Art Museum, Suffolk, VA
Nansemond Suffolk Academy, Suffolk, VA

 

Solo Flight by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Excalibur by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Natures Abstractions by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Evening in Paris by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Bunny Snacks by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Storm Clouds Ahead in Connemara by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Star of Texas by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Natures Sculptures III by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

A Step Through Time by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Winter Hawk by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

The Beauty of the Sea by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

View From Above VI by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Umauma Falls III by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Getting a New Skin III by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Wipe-Out by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Tillandsia by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Lord Lieutenant by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Koi by Patricia Griffin Brett

Koi

 

Romantic Rose by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Carolina Sunset by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Dunluce Castle II by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Birds on a Wire by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Come Sail Away With Me by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Waterlily and Coconuts by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Passion by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Rescue Me by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

No Dumbo Here by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Monarch- butterfly mixed media photo composite by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

At the Rim of the Crater by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Punaluu Turtle by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

The Dragons Teeth II by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

When Life Had Wings by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Althea II by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Storm's Over by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

View From Above IV by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Can You See Me Now by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

The Guardians of Waipio Valley by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Star of Texas II by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

In the Center of the Storm by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

On the Wings of Dragonflies by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Ireland- Castle Ruins I by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Skerries Harbor Sunset by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

The Horrible Beauty by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Orchid Study II by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

The Intruder by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Out of Africa- mixed media- photo composite- altered art by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

303 Prince George Street II by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Lotus Blossom at Night II by Patricia Griffin Brett