Hi, my name is Pat Graham and I'm just getting my feet wet as a correspondent here on the blog. I've been a sketcher of some sort for all my life. I honestly can't remember a time when I wasn't drawing on backs of discarded paper in the waste basket at my grandparents home or in sketch books purchased from the local art supply store. Art instruction was offered in abundance in the public schools throughout my formative years and I also took semi private lessons on the side as a youngster. As a partially deaf child, being able to express myself through art was a saving grace! I can honestly say that, too, because it became my way of understanding the world around me. It was always my desire to earn a living using my artistic abilities in some form or fashion when I grew up, so I immersed myself in commercial art training after graduating HS and worked in that field for a number of years. On the side I also studied fine art and enjoyed doing commissioned portraiture.
Fast forward.....an autoimmune disease started to interfere with my eyesight and I gave up art for a decade, at which time I was able to have a series of surgeries that helped restore some of my visual clarity. Of course, I picked my best friend, ART, back up again and took off running! Fine art and Urban Sketching have been my focus as of late and I'm enjoying myself completely. Getting together with the local sketching group offers a wide assortment of locations to meet up at, get to know other like minded folks and sometimes enjoy lunch, too, after we sketch. The laid back atmosphere allows for all levels of abilities to participate with ease - I love that attitude of inclusion.
I encourage anyone who would like to try their hand at drawing to join with us and give it a try! Once you get used to it, many find the process meditative and soothing. I always say that art puts me in a 'zone' like no other - one that I return to again and again eagerly.
Below, you'll find some of my works, sketching and fine art, created post eye surgery. I hope to meet you sometime!