Working from specific locations and landscapes, I abstract from both direct observation and memory. In investigating the dynamics of each landscape and intentionally working and reworking the surface, I seek to somehow merge this explicit physical world with the spiritual. Ethereal qualities are made evident in what for me is an almost ritualistic process of layering glazes and opaque layers of paint. I transfer my subjective and highly emotional response to nature, distilling the sometimes-fleeting atmospheric conditions on panel, canvas, or Mylar.
My work affirms the heroic aspects of landscape painting, whether that landscape is real or imagined. I continue to conjure the spirits of both post-war Abstract Expressionism and my heroes: the 19th century Romantic Landscape painters, Caspar David Friedrich, and J.W. M. Turner. Akin to the New York artists of the mid to late forties, I am working towards a type of “process painting” and like Rothko, I am almost maniacal about the “finishes” or surface quality.
Is it a spiritual connection, a fear of the unknown, the manifestation of a greater power or presence, a desire to know what lies beyond, or the responsibilities of instigating climate rehabilitation and preservation?
My commitment to remain present to the possibilities of material over pre-determined uniformity of surface or style is essential, yet full of historical references. I hope to reverse a certain “falseness” sometimes attributed to easel painting, moving the viewer to see beyond the physical in experiencing and accepting the undeniable transcendent power of the land, sky and water. I use the vocabulary of landscape, where horizons and directed areas of light and darkness evoke, at once, both everywhere and nowhere.
Born in Montreal, Patrice Stanley attended the University of Ottawa, The University of Toronto and Concordia University in Montreal. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honours, including those from the Canada Council and the Ontario Arts Council and was a finalist in the RBC New Painting competition in 2001. A seasoned, mid-career artist, she has been invited to attend several residencies, most notably the Pouch Cove Residency in 2001, the Vermont Studio Centre Residency in 2010 and most recently the Lacawac Sancturay in Pennsylvania. Her work can be seen in many private and corporate collections, including Maple Leaf Foods of Canada. In addition she is a well respected art educator with over fifteen years experience in a variety of teaching methodologies, including methods and materials of the masters. Patrice’s work is committed to the tradition of oil painting. Conjuring up the spirits of both post-war Abstract Expressionism and 18th Century landscape painting, her work is authentic, innovative and full of historical references. Patrice is represented by gallery Studio Sixty-Six in Ottawa.