Historic route 66, with butterflies, motels and old cars. Do you remember the polka dot drive-in? Yesterday's memories wrapped up in a collage. Currently in Swanson Gallery of Edina, Minnesota.
Patricia Mayhew Hamm, a water media artist, has developed her own style through years of study with the use of dramatic color, strong contrasts and composition.She has taught drawing, painting and calligraphy and at present she teaches workshops in her studio.In 1998, she won a national merit award for her painting of The Private Hell of Migraine from the National Headache Foundation. The painting is in a collection that toured the country.She did comissioned collages for the National Hereford Association in 2003.Patricia has been the guest artist for the Humanities Day at the University of WI., Rice Lake in 1989, 1992 and 1993. In 2003 and in 1996 she was the featured artist on WI. Public Radios Spectrum West.She has done numerous talks and demonstrations to various organizations.Her numerous one woman shows include:
- North Country Museum of Arts, Park Rapids, MN -2003
- University of WI - 1985, 1989, 1992, 1996
- Phillips Memorial Library, Eau Claire, WI - 1986
- Sweetwaters, Eau Claire, WI - 1989
- Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, WI - 1992
- Eau Claire Regional Art Center, Eau Claire,WI -1995
- Rice Lake Coffeehouse and Gallery,Rice Lake,WI 1996
- Mabel Tainter Theater, Menomonie, WI - 1997
- Marshfield Clinic, Rice Lake, WI - 1997
- Stone Lake Gallery & Antiques, Stone Lake,WI - 2000
Patricia maintains a studio and residence in Chetek, Wisconsin.I do not paint realistically, because I feel in realism there are no surprises. What you see is always the same. Whereas, in non-objective work, such as mine, there are, hopefully, new things to discover all the time. I want to interpret what I see, by the use of design, color, contrast and composition.I would like my work to be an escape from mediocrity by combining abstract shapes with shapes found in nature. My work is a interplay between transparent and opaque. The viewer should feel a color impact at first sight, then find compositional variables, depth and subtleties upon further observation. Curvilinear qualities are also very evident in my work, due largely, to years of calligraphic work.I usually have a coloration in mind, but not often subject matter. Since Im basically a cool color person, I sometimes force myself to work in colors that are alien to my natural inclinations. I start with a wet on wet approach, with each progressing layer of color becoming drier and more defined.When I begin a painting, I very rarely draw anything on the paper. I dont want to be limited by pre-set ideas. Some of my work ends up completely different than it started. It can go through several metamorphosis before I am happy with it.For the last several years Ive been adding various media to my work. I use watercolor, gouache, acrylic, inks (colored and india), watercolor pencils, craft paints and metal powders. As my tools, I use large brushes, sponges and sponge brushes, spray bottles, powders, cheesecloth, salt, wax paper, plastic wrap, acrylic media, tapes, scratchers, powdered charcoal, crayons and just about anything that intrigues me.I have been painting in watercolor/watermedia for about 20 years, after years of every other media. I love the excitement of the reactions of water, paint and other elements. It is surprising, and exciting, frustrating and my medium.