Reflection
       
     
Duet
       
     
Mending Fences
       
     
Behind Door #1
       
     
Intention
       
     
Away
       
     
Playground
       
     
Not Intended For Ground Contact
       
     
Hiding Secrets
       
     
Dual Duty
       
     
Fight Song
       
     
No Going Back
       
     
Holding Fast
       
     
Peas In A Pod
       
     
Leap of Faith
       
     
Across Time
       
     
A Current In the Mind
       
     
Disconnected from Time
       
     
What Is Important
       
     
Reflection
       
     
Reflection

©Patricia Steele Raible 2018

16” x 20” x 2.75”, mixed media on deep wood panel

"Reflection" is part of a series (and a project) on dementia with psychosis. In part, the painting illustrates the duality of someone with this disease, but it also reflects the relationship with that person and a caregiver. It is a mixed media on deep wood panel with acrylic paint, paper, fabric, and charcoal pencil.

Duet
       
     
Duet

©Patricia Steele Raible 2018

16” x 20” x 2.75”, mixed media on deep wood panel

"Duet" is part of a series (and a project) on caregiving for those with dementia with psychosis. Because a caregiver must be so personally involved with the individual, it is often difficult to know where the two separate. Quite often they may even want to draw a dark line between that person and themselves to maintain separation. The painting is a mixed media on deep wood panel with acrylic paint, fabric, paper, and charcoal pencil.

Mending Fences
       
     
Mending Fences

©Patricia Steele Raible 2017

11” x 20” x 1.75”, mixed media collage on deep wood panel

For purchase information:

https://www.saatchiart.com/art/Collage-Mending-Fences/515916/4561836/view

As both children and adults we give and get approval and disappointment. Yet, the area between the two is so small. This mixed media collage painting includes acrylic paint, paper, a manipulated photograph, and charcoal pencil.

Behind Door #1
       
     
Behind Door #1

©Patricia Steele Raible 2017

9” x 17” x 2.75”, mixed media on deep wood panel

For information about purchasing:

https://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-Behind-Door-1/515916/4427037/view

Part of a series exploring the spaces between the far extremes of our divided or opposite distinctions, this painting depicts the “grey area,” of memory. “What is reality and what is illusion? Is memory a combination of both? Eudora Welty said “memory is a living thing—it too is in transit. But during its moment, all that is remembered joins, and lives—the old and the young, the past and the present, the living and the dead.”

Intention
       
     
Intention

©Patricia Steele Raible 2018

19.75" x 16" x 3," mixed media with collage and charcoal pencil on deep wood panel

For purchase information:

https://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-Intention/515916/4041121/view

How do we fix things or people that are broken? Can we be broken and whole at the same time? Sometimes I think the greatest beauty is when we can not only see the patched places but also see beyond them where they reveal their own special beauty.

Away
       
     
Away

©Patricia Steele Raible 2018

14” x 11” x 1.75”, Mixed media on deep wood panel with collage

For information about purchasing:

https://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-Away/515916/4434930/view

Sometimes home is the place where we live physically—where we earn our living, where our children play in the park, where we walk our dog. Other times “home” is another physical location, somewhere else—away. Because to be home we must find solace. It must stir our heart.

Some of us have several homes, but they are not structures. Don’t get me wrong. I love the house I share with family, but the place that gives me solace is nature: the mountains, the rivers, the fields, the marshes, the ocean. I think I am made of a bit of it all. I breathe it in and become part of it.

Playground
       
     
Playground

©Patricia Steele Raible 2017

17.5" x 19.5" x 3", mixed media with collage on deep wood panel

For information about purchasing:

https://www.saatchiart.com/art/Collage-Playground/515916/4405252/view

Do some people have an old soul? Have they always been wise and responsible, understanding the consequences of their actions? When my children were teenagers and seemed to take very little seriously, I was afraid they would be a bit like Peter Pan, fluttering around through life. Now, I ask myself, is there a middle ground? Can we be responsible adults, but still experience the laughter and joy of childhood at the same time?

Not Intended For Ground Contact
       
     
Not Intended For Ground Contact

©Patricia Steele Raible 2017

17" x 23" x 3", mixed media with collage and charcoal pencil on deep wood panel

For information about purchasing:

https://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-Not-Intended-for-Ground-Contact/515916/4455325/view

There is always a pull between opposites, especially work and home. When do we put down the phone, the computer? When do we stop taking phone calls and pay attention to the person beside us? When do we feather our nest? We spend so much time working or agonizing over work. But what about our home life? How do we find the balance?

Hiding Secrets
       
     
Hiding Secrets

©Patricia Steele Raible 2017

17" x 16" x 2.75", mixed media with collage on deep wood panel

My brother and I often remembered an event from childhood differently. Was it just the difference in perspective that an age difference made? Who was right, or was anyone right? What is the truth? What is reality? What secrets do we hide not only from others, but from ourselves? This mixed media collage painting include acrylic paint, papers, parts of a manipulated photograph, and charcoal pencil.

Dual Duty
       
     
Dual Duty

©Patricia Steele Raible 2017

15.75” x 20” x 2.75”, Mixed media on deep wood panel with collage

For purchase information:

https://www.saatchiart.com/art/Collage-Dual-Duty/515916/4540698/view

Whatever our beliefs we often vacillate between strong convictions and doubt. Each can make us stronger. "

Fight Song
       
     
Fight Song

©Patricia Steele Raible 2018

36" x 24", mixed media with collage elements on deep wood panel

Perhaps the opposite of love and kindness is not hate, but rather fear. It can trap us and leave us unable to experience the joys of life.

No Going Back
       
     
No Going Back

©Patricia Steele Raible 2017

15" x 14.5", mixed media with collage on deep wood panel

Are moments in our life exactly as we remember, or perhaps someplace in between? Is memory mostly fantasy or fact? Isn’t it our memories that make us who we are? Eudora Welty says “memory is a living thing—it too is in transit. But during its moment, all that is remembered joins and lives—the old and the young, the past and the present, the living and the dead.”

Holding Fast
       
     
Holding Fast

©Patricia Steele Raible 2017

10" x 10" x 2", mixed media on deep wood panel

When our world seems out of control where do we go? Who or what do we cling to?Sometimes the world comes at us too fast, and we just have to hold on.

Peas In A Pod
       
     
Peas In A Pod

©Patricia Steele Raible 2015

12" x 12" x 2", mixed media with collage on deep wood panel

Gardens, like painting,s are hard work and always a work in progress. And like paintings, it is always difficult to know when to stop.

Leap of Faith
       
     
Leap of Faith

©Patricia Steele Raible 2015

30" x 30" x 3", mixed media with collage elements on deep wood panel

Visual art, like life, sometimes requires faith and hard work rather than a detailed plan. The reward is in the work.

Across Time
       
     
Across Time

©Patricia Steele Raible 2014

18" x 18" x 3", mixed media with collage element on deep wood panel

Memory is complicated. We think we remember every detail of an event, only to find that someone else remembers it entirely differently. As time passes memory fades—and sometimes changes, revealing what we wish had occurred.

Inspired by conversations with my mother who suffers from dementia.

A Current In the Mind
       
     
A Current In the Mind

©Patricia Steele Raible 2015

12" x 12" x 3.75", mixed media on deep wood panel/SOLD

Novelist Julian Barnes’ view of memory is that “it is identity. When you forget your life, you cease to be, even before death.” But research now indicates we are constantly altering our memories each time we share them. What does this say about our life?

Disconnected from Time
       
     
Disconnected from Time

©Patricia Steele Raible 2014

12” x 12” x 2.5”, Mixed media on deep wood panel

A visit to the coast always makes me feel "Disconnected from Time." It is as if I have been there a thousand times, but yet this is the first time. Perhaps it is the pull of the moon.

What Is Important
       
     
What Is Important

©Patricia Steele Raible 2015

18” x 18”x 2.75”, mixed media on deep wood panel

For purchase information:

https://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-What-Is-Important/515916/2464405/view

This painting started from the textures and the circular motion created by the metal piece I was using to stamp the substrate. Mostly neutrals, I think the high contrast with the bit of warm color made this piece very spiritual for me—or perhaps it was something subconscious at the time. Nevertheless, it has become a reminder to me to be thankful every day for what I hold most dear—for what is important.