Patricia Steele Raible

Contemporary Abstract Artist

It was the search for an easy “A” in her last year of college that led Patricia Raible to her first art class. It was there that she became entranced with art. Though she ultimately finished two writing degrees, she continued to take classes while pursuing a career and raising a family. Then a retrospective of the late collage artist Romare Bearden ignited her passion once again. 

Having been schooled in the home arts by her mother and grandmother, her first collages combined paper, fabric, and sewing as line. But the love of paint and texture drew her to more solid surfaces. Patricia now works primarily on sealed wooden cradles, constructing multi-layered, textured abstracts by adding to or subtracting from the surface.

While she maintains an archival process, she often uses found objects and a few from the hardware store to develop deeper, more organic textures. She sometimes refers to her paintings as “being built” because of their architectural nature and multiple layers. Each painting may have 10 to 12 layers, “layers that make the connections,” she says. “Without the layers the final piece of art would not have its voice.”

Words continue to be important to Patricia and are often found in pages torn from old books or in tiny fragments hidden beneath multiple layers of paint. She readily acknowledges she is not a colorist, but instead uses colors that are expressive and familiar, those often found in nature. One collector says that the paintings quietly entice the viewer to go closer, to look at the smaller details, to take their own journey, tell their own story.

Her work has been shown in galleries, corporate institutions, and national publications, and her abstracts are held in numerous personal collections throughout the country. She lives and works in Charlotte, North Carolina.