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Patrick Blythe

Palm Desert, CA -, U.S.A.
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For me, creating art has been an evolutionary process spanning decades of work in metal, paint, and glass. My artwork combines the welding, forging, and fabrication skills developed working in fields and factories with bold experimentation, attention to craftsmanship, and time-honored traditions learned at some of the finest glass schools in the world.

I began working in glass drawn to its unique ability to transmit and refract light, and because of the purity of color that can only be attained with glass. Initially I was fascinated by the concept of capturing a fleeting moment of beauty in a material that will last for thousands of years. My early glass sculptures were created by responding to natural events like a sunrise as I matched passionate impressionism with the unique properties of glass to transmit light and color. I carve the work into sensual shapes that invite the viewer to experience the work with hands as well as eyes. I continue to explore ways to reflect the beauty of nature in glass.

Recently, I’ve returned to working in metal as way to express more contemplative themes that emerged from a lengthy period of looking inward and discovering new paths toward expressing my deepest feelings in my artwork.

As I seek new ways to bring the experiences of life to my work, I’ve found a sense of equilibrium emerges between memories steeped in time and the passionate intensity of the creative process. By beginning with clay, my hands are able to translate memories and emotion into shapes that spring forth from the mud. From the clay models, I create glass sculptures with kiln and carving tools. I recast the glass into bronze, a dense sculpture material that invites contemplation, and requires a focus on form, and the ways light and shadow play on the surface. 

My latest work reflects life experiences, a childlike awe of the natural world, and an overarching sense of gratitude for the many blessings of my life.