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Meet Patricia Perman

Today we’d like to introduce you to Patricia Perman.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Patricia. So, let’s start at the beginning, and we can move on from there.
It’s simple – Creating makes me happy! #creativelifehappylife

I started drawing at three years old, inspired by my Father, an artist himself, who nurtured my skills with daily creative assignments. My favorite subject back then were princess portraits which in my teenage years morphed into grotesque portraits of aristocrats followed by portraits painted on life-size crosses in my 20’s.

After moving from Germany to LA in my early 20’s, I quickly connected with other artists and started participating in local shows such as Create: Fixate, X-Position and Sneaker Pimps – great times!

In my late 30’s, I started dabbling in abstract art. Using bold brushstrokes, cutting through paint layers with a cake knife… this was new to me and very liberating. Painting my emotions while moving around a canvas feels amazing – free therapy right there!

Drawing portraits can be detailed work and requires focus, you need a calm hand… and I often hold my breath. Two very different processes I love equally and serve me in different situations.

Now in my mid-40’s, I have a family and a busy job, so time is precious. I involve our 8-year-old daughter as much as possible in my creative projects… we brainstorm for new projects, shop together for canvas, or she helps me paint base layers… learning to express herself in a safe environment gives her confidence. And it’s a great bonding time.

My husband is involved as well, he is very handy and creative and can take on any challenge. When I travel for work, I sketch on the plane, read about SEO’s and look at how I can advance my business – I am a professional Marketer after all! But promoting your own products is a whole different game.

Has it been a smooth road?
While creating is liberating, sharing and promoting can be challenging… at least for me. I am still trying to find my voice. I love how Social Media has helped me make connections and find my audience but putting yourself out there still feels strange.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
My main style is Modern Abstract Expressionism and I am known for bold and vibrant colors. My brush stroke is bold and often textured. My paintings have a clean look that mostly comes in a square format of all sizes.

Admiring great artwork feels like falling in love… surrounding yourself with art you love brings happiness… it’s a deep and very personal experience and I am grateful if my art can trigger these feelings in someone.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Absolutely – LA is the place to be. It’s a melting pot of creatives with an audience for everyone. The City is so diverse with inspiration at every corner.

So much has changed and is changing: Using Social Media you are no longer at the mercy of gallery owners – it’s time to promote yourself. The online art market is booming, a $4 Billion business – look at saatchiart.com or Paddle8.

Art Fairs are popping up everywhere and companies commission artist to deck out their lobbies… in my opinion there are a lot more opportunities for artists out there these days.

A good skill set matched with the right audience takes you from starving artist to ‘art-preneur’ status – it’s everyone’s game.

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