Patricia Frederick received an MFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a BFA from St. Norbert College. Since 1977, she has taught art at Pius XI High School where, as department chair, she has led the art program to national prominence. Her work as a teacher has earned numerous regional and national awards, including Teacher of the Year from the International Network of Performing and Visual Art Schools and Distinguished Teacher from the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars. Exhibits of her own paintings include group and solo shows in Maryland, Missouri, and Wisconsin. Collectors include Johnson Controls, Inc., and the City of Milwaukee Art Commission. Influenced by quantum physics, Frederick paints intuitively, studying the nature of consciousness and herself as the observer. Inspired by natural forms, animals and transcendent space she pays close attention to how form emerges over time to create structure and light.
I have come to believe that the thinking process underneath the chattering of the mind (where the ego is forced to step aside) has the potential to take physical form. How those forms come together to create meaning interests me. I am paying attention to how I pay attention. I paint by instinct, not chance. I’m influenced most by natural forms, animals, and transcendent space. The mind, I believe, is powerful beyond measure. We have the power to heal ourselves and our planet, if we only open to it’s possibilities. I have a strong interest in quantum physics and the power of the observer. In my painting I pay close attention to that space where thought seems to disappear and the mind gets out of its own way. I am studying the very nature of pre-thought, much like one would in meditation, but tangibly, through paint. There are many ways to explore consciousness that will inevitably lead to a better understanding of well being. The writer and poet, Jeanette Winterson, claims that “...life has an inside as well as an outside.” It is the inside that fascinates me.