Patricia Laspino received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Bowling Green State University in 1977. Here she majored in Fine Art and concentrated her fields of study and studio specialization on painting, drawing and sculpture. After completing preparatory coursework in Biological Illustration with the B.G.S.U. College of Arts and Sciences, she also received an academic minor in Biology, with focused study on botany and horticulture. She later went on to master her skills in biological illustration doing post graduate work with the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Patricia established her artistic proficiency over the last 30 years, with a specialization in oil painting, mixed media compositions and three-dimensional sculpture.
The art of Patricia Laspino exudes a serene beauty that transcends style or period. She forges a synergistic relationship between art, popular culture, and scientific illustration. Nature has been a primary inspiration in Pat’s life as well as the focus of her art. She interprets a familiar floral subject, like orchids, but offers a fresh perspective through her oil paintings. Because she considers herself “an artist/scientist”, her work exhibits a strong fidelity to nature.
For Patricia, nature is a fundamental spiritual reality and she takes a bold and intimate approach to convey this message. Her imagery offers an intimate view of the orchid, a close-up and personal portrayal of the sublime architecture of the flower. Her bold and concise views transport you to a moment frozen in time where you are truly in touch with the beauty and synchronicity of nature. Her intention is to create a sanctuary within her paintings – a place of repose and of healing.
Considering herself a composer in art much the same as a musical composer, her carefully constructed compositions entice you to linger and marvel at the simple complexity in the assembly of the parts, which make up the whole. Emphasizing the interplay of intense light on textures resembling fossilized flora and fauna, she skillfully applies glazed layers of oil paint like veils to suggest the layers of life force beneath. Through carefully juxtaposing contrasting hues and shadows, she dramatically portrays the sublime florescence of her orchid subjects. Her compositions romantically illustrate the sensual forms of nature and are as compelling as the exotic species they depict.
She lists several artists as being very influential in her work, including Titian, Matisse, and O’Keeffe.
Patricia Laspino’s paintings are exhibited in fine art galleries, retail establishments and private and public collections across the United States. Her work hangs in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History.
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