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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Simonides

Patricia Jo Peacock

Patricia Jo Peacock




It's simple really. I need to paint. It's part of who I am and how I communicate.
Each painting is a treasure of secrets that I need to reveal. Bits and pieces of memories, childhood and feelings. I like to refer to them as emotional landscapes.
I begin each painting with a layer of paper. Sometimes it's letters, old drawings, maps, wallpaper, newspaper or pictures that I have collected. I'll paint over this with a thin layer of paint and then sand some of that away so that you can still see what's underneath. This is my base. From here I decide on composition and what the dress or figure will contain. I work layer upon layer putting on and then taking some away, always allowing what's underneath to be visible. I'm a collector of old odds and ends that become part of my work. Baby dresses, a bit of fabric, old keys, hinges, family pictures, inspiring words, etc; all kinds of treasure. I'm always thinking about how to express my inner world on to the surface of a painting and playing with that inside outside dynamic. The dress and the body, tools I've used to hide behind in life become that which reveals in paint. The dress image and figures are windows to my inner world. I'm inspired through experience that beauty and light emerge from the darkest and most difficult experiences. My original dress paintings were filled with rips and scars and now are filled with flowers growing, birds flying, ocean and skies. These images reflect upon my own unfolding. Each of these dress paintings emits an internal light that sustains. The glossy surface is the final layer which seals and protects the vulnerable images, as well, it helps to accentuate the light and nuances of each painting.


















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