IN THE BEGINNING…
Patrice wanted to be an artist for as long as she can remember. Since graduating from Metropolitan State College (New! Improved! Now it’s a UNIVERSITY!) in Denver, Colorado in 1981 she’s consistently found some way to stay involved in The Arts.
She self-pubbed her first novel, OH, HELL, in November 2013. It was her reaction – in novel form – to actual events in June 2011. The book was “inspired by actual events,” the tragic suicide of a divorced man, estranged from his children. This linked essay was originally going to be the book’s Forward.
After researching subject headings at the BISG website she has found a great fit for this first novel under: Fiction/Visionary & Metaphysical. You can find several (FREE!) stories at her Smashwords home page to get a feel for her style.
She has written non-fiction essays and opinion pieces, on a variety of politically-related topics; they can be found at a couple of places (A Voice for Men, also linked above, and here) around the web where she contributes “occasionally.”
She loves the “Demotivator(R)” idea as a way to quickly encompass a large political/current event concept and started doing her own, after the politicization of the Sandy Hook shooting in December 2012. Most “posters” go on the Home Page, at this site, and are sometimes added at the writing blog. (The style evolved from one she developed to the traditional Demotivator(R).)
She is a teacher at heart and has taught painting (among other things like cooking, sewing, and ‘desktop design’) to adults and children on and off since 1982. Patrice also enjoyed being a home school teacher for her (and husband James Lenaburg’s) only child, Sasha (who, sniff, graduated in May 2011) and especially misses the classroom opportunities their home-school educational co-operatives offered over the years.
Patrice had a wonderful experience sharing her love-of-watercolor & landscape in her daughter’s home-school co-op. The students’ weekly blog is still up for you to enjoy. On rarer and rarer occasions she continues to make watercolor sketches outdoors (plein air) as well as in the studio, especially loving it when she’s on a vacation that offers ocean or mountain vistas!
Please check back as she builds this site and feel free to contact her by e-mail about any of the things you see or read about here: wholebrainarts at verizon dot net