“For me, art is a rich & passionate love affair, an obsession. It can consume & frustrate, soothe & console. A voice from somewhere deep inside, it is the place where private thought and intense emotion are allowed free reign, and imagination knows no boundaries.” - Patrice Herbst
It is a fortunate life that is spent witnessing and recording the world as one sees it, whether by photo, medium or written word. I have studied the elegance of form and the magic luminescence of light, receding, advancing, reflecting. The mystery of shadows, the drama of chiaroscuro and the tragic beauty of Kintsugi are part of my transitive world.
Having trained in Traditional Ink since the age of five under the watchful eye of her beloved Grandfather, Patrice has recently returned to those early beginnings. Her series "Homage" imparts a zen-like presence to the detailed nuances caught within a specific stone. Finding complicated simplicity in the decay of natural objects, graphite is applied in a chiaroscuro manner, paying homage to the solidity of stone and the fleeting beauty of nature.
With a passionate love for art, and a seemingly restless and sometimes rebellious spirit, I present my humble observations for your viewing and enjoyment.