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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

 

Glory I by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

I See You Too by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

The Celtic Mermaid by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

The Bells of Ireland by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

In the Most Unexpected Places by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Nectar Seeker by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Dreams of Hawaii by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Lost Swan by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Pink Hibiscus by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Double Waves by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Driftwood by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Orchid Study by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

An Ivy Covered Cottage by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Lotus Blossom at Night by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Ireland- Castle Ruins II by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Waterfall I by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

The Gorse It Was ABloomin by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Emerging into the Light II by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

A View to Live For by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Babys Got the Blues by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Surprise by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

The Angry Earth I by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Here Comes the Bride by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Natures Geometry I- The Giants Causeway by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Sunset by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Swallowtail by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Ghost Moon by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Natures Sculptures V by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

From Every Direction by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Star Treatment by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Dunluce Castle- Stronghold of the MacDonalds by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

He Has Risen by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend- ooak artisan bracelet by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

The Three Musketeers by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

We Took the Road Less Traveled by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

A Little Wave Action by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Irish Standing Stones by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Water Spirit by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Stargazer by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Let Freedom Ring by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

The West Coast of Ireland by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Ocean Abstract by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Aloha IV by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Azaleas in the Spring by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

View from Above II by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

The Blue Bucket by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Aftermath of a Storm V by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

You're on Our Turf Now by Patricia Griffin Brett