Why Pat paints
She grew up in what she calls 'a time of silence'. 'From silence came my own World of words, music, dreams and yes at times, images of horror that stay with me. As an artistic and sensitive child, it was challenging growing up as part of a generation in a country where art and freedom of expression were not appreciated. Freedom of expression is important to me in whatever form it takes. As it’s difficult sometimes to express inner imaginings in words, I choose to express myself through my art.
I prefer to paint the brighter side of things and not to express a state of horror on a blank canvas that has to be looked at forever.’
“Wings Unfold” Patricia considers her Key Piece in her current series of work as it expresses her interest in energy and movement. ‘The 'birds' represent my belief in freedom for all beings. Accidental stroke of soft white on the left feels like angel’s wings. Wings folding, unfolding … comforting … wings flying free, singing their freedom song.’
Patricia was born into an artistic family. Her father, Lawrence Nah, was an English and Art teacher. Her mother, Cecilia, a master seamstress and craftswoman. When not painting, Pat also dabbles with ceramics. ‘From a Young age, we were creating clay pieces out of natural clay from the sea walls of Singapore, glazing it in the oven and presto! ‘My first tea set!’
A tiny house on a rocky mountain
Patricia's personal and artistic philosophies are intertwined. ‘I believe in 'One Day'. I remember hanging up my dreams after my father passed away, then one fine day, I just picked them up again.
One Day, I'll fly
One Day, I'll exhibit
One day, I'll...
It's amazing how many One days we can fulfill.
In some of her paintings, you might pick out a teddy bear, a tiny house on a rocky mountain- all her favourite things.