Marcia Gorra-Patek

Artist Statement

Nature to Abstract 

I am never outdoors enough.  Ever. My activities seem to keep me perpetually inside.  But when I do venture into nature’s environs’, I enjoy it manically.  I am overwhelmed by smell and sound and shapes and colors and textures and activities.  I am gobbled up by the grand Mother Nature.  I long to be engulfed by tall, flowing grasses.  I love to hear the crackle under my feet as I traverse through the woods alternatively being blinded by sun seeping through overhead branches.  It is an overwhelming example of freedom and beauty I was prevented to experience as a young child.  My early years were tragic and chaotic. Creating art has enabled me to reach beyond the unfortunate, to now, and count myself so blessed in many ways. 
After a while, in order for me to process actually being outside, I must begin to look closely, at small areas of the world.  To make sense of things, little by little. I notice the beauty of colors fighting.  I feel the variety of hard, silky, prickly, soft.  My camera comes to the rescue, allowing me to visually crop views of this living chaos, into rectangles to inspire paintings. 

Marcia Gorra-Patek
Love in Purple by Marcia Gorra-Patek
Love in Purple
52 x 29 in.
The Dance by Marcia Gorra-Patek
The Dance
16 x 14 in.
Unintentional Fall by Marcia Gorra-Patek
Unintentional Fall
46 x 26 in.