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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

 

Journey by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Light Play II by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Gold Rush by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Black-Necked Stilt III by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Rainbow Falls III by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Portrait of a Gull by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

The Morning After by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

An Irish Cottage by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Castle of the Pirate Queen by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Star of Texas III by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Take Time to Smell the Flowers by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Ancient Road in Ireland by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Irish Coast by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Natures Sculptures IV by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Hawaiian Mourning Dove by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Harvest Basket by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Petite Fleur by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Castles in the Sea by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

You Talkin Bout Me by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Pelican Sighting by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

I Told You This Was a Oneway Street by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Surveying His Domain by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Gabriel Blow Your Horn by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Autumn Colors by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Natures Sculptures VII by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Butterflies are Free by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Busy Bee by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Shhh I'm Hiding by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Monarch II by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Red Bougainvellia by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

I Want More French Fries by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

A Place of Contemplation by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Aftermath I by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Flirting by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Surfing in Ireland by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Face of the Giant by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Nature's Geometry II- Giant's Causeway by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

You Think You Can Do It Better? by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Aftermath II by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Pele's Wrath by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Irish Mist by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Doing the Backstroke by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Ireland- West Coast I by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

A Little Wave Action III by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Sky Goddess by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Light Play by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors by Patricia Griffin Brett

 

Nature's Sculptures VIII by Patricia Griffin Brett