About Susan Patricia

Susan Patricia was born in Los Angeles, California. The Artist divides her time between Southern California and the Hawaiian Islands.
She attended Los Angeles Trade Technical College where she received a degree in Technical Illustration. She than completed further education at the Otis Parson School of Design and at the University of Los Angeles in computer graphics, surface pattern design and photography.
Susan Patrica credits her parents for recognizing her artistic talent at an early age. They enrolled her in art classes when she was just starting kindergarten and first grade. She responded enthusiastically to the instruction, which, in combination with her natural talent, helped her move rapidly toward further education as an adult and her entrance into the world of internationally recognized artist.
Her work has been shown in major trade shows throughout the United States Europe and Asia. She has enjoyed success through special exhibitions of her work in prestigious galleries throughout the continental United States, Mexico, Hawaii, Guam and Japan.

Susan Patricia's initial education and work was as technical illustrator / graphic artist.
She became interested in silk painting while on vacation at a Club Med in Playa Blanca Mexico. Subsequently, she went to work for Club Med teaching the craft to others. Her teaching experience was an opportunity to develop her own skill, as well as, experiment with the technique.
Captivated by the color and vibrancy of the French dyes, and aided by her formal education, she rapidly developed a level of realism and precision not ordinarily found in silk painting.
Susan Patricia's subject matter has been strongly influenced by her extensive travels throughout Europe, Central America and the South Pacific. Vibrant, luminous color; warm, tropical imagery; and a serene south pacific mood are all embodied in her silk paintings. The artist hand paints her images on tightly stretched, clean white Habotai silk. Her forms are shaped with gutta; a rubber cement like substance that encloses her images before the painting begins. Brilliant, sensuous shades are then directly applied by hand to the silk-unlike the dipping process of batik. The colors become even more luminous and shimmering after Susan steam sets her work for five hours. This process assures that the colors are light resistant and retain their transparency and suppleness.

The Hyatt Regency Hotels and the Embassy Suites Hotels in Hawaii have commissioned Susan Patricia for originals. Her art has been featured in numerous publications including Hawaiian Airlines In Flight Magazine, Architectural Digest and various art related magazines. Her work has been licensed for use on numerous products including greeting cards, calendars, puzzles, apparel items and houseware.

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