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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.
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