Interview: Patricia Rodriguez

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Name: Patricia Rodriguez

Where do you live: Dallas, United States.

Known for: Painting.

Currently working with:
No current gallery representation but deal regularly with Luminarte Gallery, WAAS Gallery and UGallery.

When did you realize that you were going to work with this:
I chose to become a full time professional artist in 2010.

If you could choose one place only to live, where would that be and why?
Hawaii looks nice. I’m a big fan of Nature and I think living close to the volcanoes would be very inspiring to my work.

How would you describe your design:
I would describe it as bordering on the fantastical, drenched with color, nature-inspired and elegance in the chaos.

How and when did you start to work with this in a serious manner?
In 2010, after my father passed away, something inside me took a new direction. No longer afraid of life I experimented without fear, pairing colors and elements to build my own signature style and visual language.

What do you do at the moment?
I’m currently working as a freelance artist, working on new works for exhibitions, sometimes working in a local sculpture studio creating with plaster and gilding. Sometimes I do mural work.

A recommendation for those who think about starting and running a creative business?
Have a lot of patience and dedication because it’s the hardest work you will ever do. It’s also the most rewarding work.

Tell us how it all started.
I actually suffered a back injury at the 9-5 job I was working. For a good long while I could barely walk and sitting or standing to paint was out of the question. It pained me that I could not create in the midst of great anguish. It was a wake-up call that I was a fragile mortal with only so much time in life. I had to follow my dream of becoming an artist full time NOW because there was no promise of tomorrow. Shortly after leaving my job my father passed away unexpectedly. This loss and pain broke something wide open inside me and my work took on a new direction. It was very much alive with color, movement, curiosity for life and the living creatures and plants around us. Nature had always been my balm in troubled times so each piece is an homage to that.

What is the most important thing in a workplace/studio for you?
Great lighting, I definitely need to see the true colors I’m working with.

What is your favorite film?
Godzilla and Microcosmos, it’s a tough choice. They both speak to different parts of me.

Who would you like to invite for a dinner and why?
Da Vinci would be extremely fascinating! His mind is like no other’s.

How do you like to spoil yourself?
Sushi and if I’m doing it right ….massage and spa time.

What is luxury for you?
Luxury is having the time to myself to create new paintings for no deadline and with no constraints on size and theme. Painting time for me and no one else. Time can’t be bought, it’s the ultimate luxury.

What is the nicest compliment you’ve received for your design, and from whom?
I get complimented a lot and by many people but if my Mom says something I did is beautiful and she is proud of me that’s the warmest and most endearing compliment to me.

What do you fear most?
Having to work a 9-5 job with miserable people and never have the energy to create.

What is a happy life to you?
Being able to create, explore, be challenged and grow both in my work and personal life. I’m just about there but need to satisfy the travel bug in me too.

What does a regular day look like for you?
Up early usually, coffee and social media stuff gets taken care of first. Then I try to fit in a workout or very long walk, breakfast, shower and hit the studio and paint for most of the day with maybe a recharging 10 min nap thrown in. I work best during the day with the sun up so when it gets dark and if there’s not a looming deadline I put up the brushes and watch a little TV in the evenings or read and muck about on the net.

Tell us about your dream project.
My dream project is taking over a giant space and transforming it into a wonderland of color and all the elements in my work. It would be both installation/sculptural and painting. It would be otherworldly and vibrant.

Who is your favorite designer?
I don’t really have favorites, I’m very much a fan of a diverse range of things.

How would you describe your style?
My personal fashion style? Comfortable with a touch of vintage and rocker girl.

Which is the one thing you can’t live without?
Creating.

What inspires you?
Nature is #1, graffiti, color, cartoons, music, nature documentaries, other artists, just absorbing life really. I’m a big fan of Matthew Ritchie, Murakami, Ellsworth Kelly, Andy Goldsworthy…most notably.

A book that has changed/made the most impression in your life?
“Wherever You Go There You Are” by John Kabat-Zinn really made an impression on me and helped me achieve a lot of mental peace so I could push forward on my journey as an artist.

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