Pat Lowery Collins
Author, Poet, Painter
in my large pastel paintings of rocks, I am concerned primarily with the architecture of solid forms, the interplay with light, and with creating a mood. They depend for their strength not only on the quality of line and mark but also upon a dynamic surface texture.
I like to interpret the figure in ways that make it distinct from any other figure, just as a particular face is distinct from any other face. My models are not always young and often have interesting but not beautiful bodies. Pastel is my medium of choice when painting from life.
My chair series is in oil on linen and demonstrates my fascination with this varied support for the human form in all its iterations. When empty, it seems possessed of a soul of its own; when occupied it bends to the will of the occupant and becomes an integral part of a body at rest. When abandoned there is a deep sense of absence.