Artist StatementPatrice O’Neill I have been working in fiber for about four years. I have to say that while I have worked in a variety of media over my long art career, I have never enjoyed the work as much. It is a very time consuming and labor intensive media since it is all hand done. Yet it is a very satisfying way to produce artwork. I use sewing thread because it gives me the fine details I want. I also can layer and blend colors with it, which gives the work an added dimension. There is something about the media that compliments and enhances my natural way of drawing. Although I am limited in the number of works I can complete, I have never worked so intently or have derived such pleasure from creating art.
Patrice O’Neill email@example.com subject line: MAP registry My first classes in art were at the Ridgewood School of Design. I also attended classes in painting at the Ridgewood Barn. I went on to study at the New York Phoenix School of Design in New York City and received my BA in Fine Arts from Montclair State College, Upper Montclair, NJ. I have continued to work as a freelance artist in commercial and fine art. I presently live in Frederick, Maryland with my husband and two dogs. SHOWS 2010: VMRC Juried Multimedia Show, Harrisonburg, VA Won Award of Excellence. Capital Walls Frederick Arts Council, Annapolis MD Sixth St. Gallery Fiber Festival, Vancouver WA 2009: The Wichita Center for the Arts National Fiber Directions. The Academy of Fine Arts Lynchburg VA. Sixth St. Gallery Fiber Festival, Vancouver WA. Rio Brazoa Art Exhibition Won Partners for Enrichment Acceptance Award and Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council Award of Merit 2008-2011: The Embroiderers’ Guild of America 19th National Traveling Exhibit, “The Needle’s Eye”. Cities throughout the United States. 2008: Northern Colorado Weavers Guild “Fiber Celebration”, Lincoln Center, CO. Sixth Street Gallery 4th Annual Fiber Arts Festival, Vancouver, WA. VMRC Multimedia Art Exhibition, Harrisonburg, VA. 2007: South Cobb Arts Alliance 20th National Juried Art Exhibition, Mable House Arts Center, Mableton. GA. Won Award of Merit. Northern California Arts 52nd International Open Exhibition “Bold Expressions” Sacramento Fine Arts Center, Carmichael, CA. Won Past President’s Choice Award. 2006: Rocky Mount Arts Center 49th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Rocky Mount, N.C. Northern California Arts 51st. International Open Exhibition “Bold Expressions” 2005: Northern California Arts 50th International Open Exhibition “Bold Expressions”. Won Best in Show for my first entry and an Honorable Mention for my second. 2004: MAA Spring Juried Art Exhibition. Museum of the Southwest, Midland, Texas. Maryland Federation of Art First Annual “Go Figure” Exhibition, Circle Gallery, Annapolis, MD. Northern California Arts 49th International Open Exhibition “Bold Expressions”. Won Award of Merit. 2003: The Community Arts Association’s National Open Exhibition. The Ridgewood Art Institute, Ridgewood, NJ. Won the Kerygma Gallery Contemporary Art Award. Trinidad National Fine Art Exhibition. The A.R. Mitchell Museum, Trinidad, Colorado. Won Award of Merit. Northern California Arts 48th International Open Exhibition “Bold Expressions”. Won Honorable Mention. 2002: South Cobb Arts Alliance, Inc. 15th National Juried Art Exhibition. Three Rivers Arts Festival Juried Fine Arts Exhibition. Pittsburgh, PA. 1981,1993 and 2002 1990: The Irish-American Heritage Museum’s Celtic Art in America Juried Show. East Durham, NY. And I had a one-person show at the museum in 1993. I have worked as a Freelance Artist in a variety of media for both commercial businesses and private collectors. Most notably, 1989 Dana Sutcliffe, Custom guitar Luthier, Newark, DE. Designed and carved a custom bass electric guitar for Ricky Phillips of the rock group “Bad English”. The guitar was shown on MTV in both of their hit videos “When I See You Smile” and “The Price of Love”. It was also used by Epic Records and Westone Guitars as an advertisement in Guitar Player Magazine. 1990 Golden Retriever Club of America. Hand carved gunstock that was raffled off by the club. 1989 Designed and carved a bass and lead guitar set. Shown in 1989 and 1990 N.A.M.M. shows and bought by Westone as show pieces. In 1979-1981 I worked for Tribune Publishing Co., NJ. I designed ads, logos, and product presentations. I also illustrated two books on floral crafting. The Dried Guide and Cone Crafting both written by Don Crater.