"Killdeer" - by Pat Bishop
My main focus for the past 15 years has been as a fiber artist, but over time my style became more experimental and I have been stretching myself into painting in watercolors and acrylics, some of which is done on fabric. My favorite way of creating is abstractly, but I do semi-representational work as well.
I never pursued an art education after high school, I never dreamed I could or would become a professional artist. My thoughts were that you had to have an innate artistic ability to become an artist. I didn’t realize it was practice, determination, passion and basically “hard work” that were most important. Over the years, my work has been published in magazines, shone and won awards in fine art galleries, and won international recognition.
I work from my studio overlooking a small lake in Shawano County, Wisconsin. This is the perfect setting for the work I love to create: “Nature is my biggest inspiration. I also draw ideas from broken down buildings and the disappearing family farm. You can find all of these themes in my work.”
I am very concerned with this place we call home, our planet. I use many recycled materials in my work and try to be a conscientious consumer. Often my work focuses on the beauty of the earth, based on my photographs. More and more, I am experimenting with simplification and abstraction.
— Pat Baum Bishop