I began making art in the winter of 2002, as an Artist in Residence at the Nantucket Island School of Design and the Arts (NISDA). In communion with Nature’s most hardy, yet simultaneously most fragile elements, I sought solace in the conflicting energies; in the intense beauty of survival. The juxtaposition of Nature’s serenity and Her teeming forces in the moors and at the Ocean’s edges of an island has inspired much of my creative expression.
I work in three media: jewelry design, watercolor, and photographic images. I design and create silver and stone jewelry that offer the essences of Nature, through color and contour, reflecting the textures of life’s seasons. I paint fanciful watercolors of oceans’ edges landscapes, and fantastical flowers. The chronicling lens of my camera produces images of Nature’s splendor and scope, evoking mindful recognition of a collective perception of time, inviting active participation in what we see…
Although I picked up a camera some years ago, I have only just begun the challenging journey of becoming a “photographer”…and wearing (not lightly) the mantle of “Artist.” I had my first show, “Seaside and Inside” on Nantucket last summer, and more recently a solo show-–this spring--in Newburyport at the offices of the Exit Realty Group.
The current exhibit, “Wall Flowers and Shore Things,” largely reflects what I find most beautiful and interesting in the small seaport communities of Nantucket Island and New England’s Shores.
AlexAria art by Patti Rae
Ocean’s Edge Aerie Workshop and Studio
Newburyport, MA 01950
www.alexariaart.com ** 978.502.4548