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Patricia Mayhew Hamm, a contemporary water media artist, is known for her dramatic use of color, strong contrasts and compositions. She, has developed her own style through years of  study and commitment to her artistic expression. — She has taught drawing, painting and calligraphy and at present she teaches watercolor and acrylic workshops at Heyde Center for the Arts in Chippewa Falls, WI, the Eau Claire Regional Art Center, Eau Claire, WI and in her studio. 

Artist   Statement

❝ I have been an artist all my life, and have been selling my art in galleries  for 40 years.
I could no more stop being an artist, than I could stop breathing. ❞

Patricia Mayhew Hamm

I am not at all interested in depicting a perfect likeness of nature because I feel in realism there are no surprises. I did that many years ago, and find no challenge there. What you see is always the same, whereas, in non-objective and abstract work, there are, hopefully, new things to discover all the time. I want to interpret what I see, by the use of design, color, texture, contrast and composition. I am very interested in the creative process and how we go through it.

I would like my work to be an escape by combining the abstract and non-objective with shapes found in nature.  The viewer should feel a color impact at first sight, and then find compositional variables, depth and subtleties upon further observation.  Curvilinear qualities are also evident in my work, due largely, to years of calligraphic work. 

I create with what I call my three C’s: color, composition, and contrast.  I believe a good work of art needs all three...  read more »»