I usually begin the creative process with decisions about the colors I want to use, choosing colors for my emotional responses to them, as well as for symbolic expression. Nature as a source of spiritual nourishment is a recurring theme in my work, whether it's the ocean, flowers, or a fruit tree. Dream interpretation and creating mandalas have also given me a symbolic language for conveying abstract concepts, and I often explore themes of emotional wholeness and recovery from trauma. I find inspiration where I live in southeastern Pennsylvania, and also in the Outer Banks of North Carolina and Florida. My art media include watercolor, acrylic paint, and alcohol ink.

My interest in botanical illustration and surface ornament led me to work in the table top and home decor fields for many years. As Senior Designer for Fitz and Floyd, I designed dinnerware collections, figurines, and gifts. In the past I also designed for the Franklin Mint, Things Remembered, Christopher Radko, and The Bradford Exchange. Currently in my own shop I have a range of items carrying my art, including prints, notecards and throw pillows. 

I sign my art with my middle name, “Anondi”, which means “bliss” in Sanskrit. Throughout my childhood I was exposed to both Indian and Western art traditions, living mainly in India but also occasionally in the USA. While a student at Woodstock School in the Himalayas of north India, I studied Mughal watercolor techniques with the artist Frank Wesley. In my spare time I sketched scenes of the spectacularly beautiful mountains, wildflowers, and the bazaar. 

I studied fine art at the University of Redlands in California, then graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA from Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

Patricia Anondi Guignard