"The artist’s job is to be a witness to his time in history."
"…Sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, the melancholia, the panic fear which is inherent in the human condition"
Acrylic and poster on paper. 2005.
Before I started painting on canvas.
Patty’s Never Land
Patricia Marie P. Rivera a.k.a. Patty has shown her interest in art at an early age of five, and the subject she has always excelled in? That’s right, Arts! Take a look at her paintings and guess how many years she’s been under formal instruction. Her first art class was on the summer of 2006. That’s right. Under a year! This is the reason Patty got hooked on painting. They were taught how to mix colors and shades. Patty found this fun. Being the child that she is, she saw it as simply “playing.” So she continued to “play” with the colors. She created images she has seen in her dreams, she painted the people around her, their way of life, and her pet - all in an abstract way. When my family discovered her talent, we tried buying the paintings from her and at first she refused to let us pay. The only way we got her to let us pay was by saying that the money she made could be used to buy more paint and canvases for her to work on. You see, Patty’s paintings weren’t made for money; she made them so she could see people happy and their reactions to her interpretation of different things. She says that if someone decides to buy her painting for a huge sum, she would with no hesitations, give the money she earned to charity because she knows that there are kids who need it more than she does. In the mall, Patty enjoys going to art galleries and viewing other people’s works. Problem is, once she’s done, she’ll be in a big rush to get home to start another painting of her own. Balancing her schoolwork and painting is a tough thing to do. So Patty is given Saturdays to paint. No wonder she never runs out of ideas! In a week, she could have 4 ideas for paintings and she has only a day to paint it. So on this “paint” day, she is up at 6 AM and by the time her family is awake, Patty is covered with colorful paint and unveils another painting for the family to admire.
Patty is in no hurry to be a teenager. She enjoys being a kid. Could she be a distant relative of Peter Pan? At 11, I was starting to question so many things. Patty on the other hand, trusts what is given to her. And what is given to her is the best that there is. She sees no reason to complain about herself, her family, or anything for that matter. Everything will be fine. Patty has always seemed distant because she has always been in a place where no worries and pains do not touch her. She has always been dreaming of eternal bliss, in her own Never Land - her canvas.
by: Zep Rivera
My second solo art exhibit at the Children’s Hour Benefit Lunch in 2007.