Art To Start The Conversation...
EXAMINING SOCIAL, PERSONAL AND POLITICAL MOMENTS THROUGH ART
ART TO START THE CONVERSATION BY VALERIE PATTERSON
ART TO START THE CONVERSATION by Valerie Patterson
Paperback; January 16, 2023
$24.95; 11 x 8 ½, 68 pages
Powerful images can transcend the merely decorative; illustrating thoughts and ideas, urging us to think and feel, provoking conversation across differences, and drawing us toward the possibility of change. Combining intense emotion with a proficient attention to detail, Northern New York artist Valerie Patterson’s watercolor paintings take us outside of our comfort zones and ask us to examine life’s most vital questions and concerns.
Now, for the first time, ART TO START THE CONVERSATION [978-0-9962883-3-0; $24.95; ABCarlson Publishing; January 2023] binds together 40 of Patterson’s most compelling images with the artist’s commentary, offering unique glimpses of the artist’s empathy and compassion as well as illuminating many details of her creative process.
Loosely grouped into chapters representing the passage of time, childhood, visceral emotions/responses, and the discovery process, the featured images represent some of Patterson’s most compelling images from a career spanning nearly 40 years of creating and teaching art. Introducing the collection, Renee Phillips, Director/Curator of Manhattan Arts International (NYC, NY), affirms that Patterson’s “inimitable style and technical prowess as a watercolor painter are matched by her profound insight that resonates truth, knowledge and understanding of the human condition.” Asked about her long dedication to provocative art, Patterson said; “Once I realized the tremendous power that images can have to make people comfortable or uncomfortable, happy or sad, settled or unsettled, I knew I had a voice. I decided to use my voice to encourage people to see, think and feel – something not always valued in our culture.”
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Patterson’s work is...
very important and extremely poignant for the times we live in and for future generations. Her body of work not only chronicles her life, but the world that we all live in. Her gift for teaching is truly mastered through an innate ability to exacerbate the coldness of the world around her while illustrating the beauty of the soul.” -Tim Serviss- Artist
“It’s rare that I comment on one of the artists I work with, but I have to say Valerie Patterson is one of the most prolific and powerful artists that I have worked with in a career that goes back four decades.” Bob Hogge Artist and former owner of Monkdogz Urban Art, NYC
“Valerie Patterson stands out among her peers as an artist who expresses an acute sensitivity to the human condition with unerring poignancy and technical prowess.” - Renee Phillips - Manhattan Arts Int.
“The commentary, the vibrancy and the skill! There’s no one like you Valerie!” -Marina Irwin Hadley - Monkdogz Urban Art NYC
“Valerie Patterson says what we all know to be true in our souls. Her contribution to all, is what many of us think and it is a profound statement that feels to be on the tip of our tongues. She is the mind of today and I will say it loudly.” - Kathy Ostman-Magnusen - Artist