I usually begin the creative process with decisions about the colors I want to use. I choose colors for the emotional responses I have to them, as well as for their symbolic power. The importance of 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. 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. Most recently as Senior Designer for Fitz and Floyd, I designed dinnerware collections, figurines, and gifts. In the past I designed for the Franklin Mint, Things Remembered, Christopher Radko, and The Bradford Exchange.
I sign my art with my middle name, “Anondi”, which means “bliss” in Sanskrit. As a child 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