Exquisite Arts Magazine Vol 7: Fall Issue- Oct/2017 | Page 11

She was a well-known artist in her own right with artwork in collections across the United States. She played a leading role in steering me in the direction of sculpting. At Ringling College of Art and design I worked to attain my Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art. I was exposed to many mediums in art school - painting, drawing, computer art, and sculpting. It was when I was taking a sculpting class with Ms. Pat that I realized that this would be my path. Ms. Pat took five of us under her wing and mentored us beyond the classroom or studio. She would often have us over to her house to talk about art or simply about our life experiences. I remember her serving us Turkish coffee and waiting patiently for us to finish so she could read our coffee grounds left in the bottom of the cup. Her friendship and encouragement back then had a great impact on my life. Ms. Pat found employment for “the 5” at Jungle Gardens in Sarasota one summer. There we were commissioned to build large jungle animals for the children’s playground. She also played a huge role in my hiring at Bronzart Foundry in Sarasota FL. Is there anything else that you’d like to share with our audience? I am currently working on a commission of a memorial to be installed at Gardens of Memories in Tampa, Florida. I am also working on another Mother and Child sculpture. This one is also stylized but in a more realistic form. I plan on having it cast at Bronzart next summer. Contact For Additional Work & Commissions! www.truesdalebronze.com [email protected] Page 10