Patty Mullins exhibits her paintings locally in New England, as well as in New York and Philadelphia. Her work has been shown at the National Academy Museum, and is in the collections of Melva Bucksbaum and Raymond Learsy, Jamie Wyeth, and Bianca Jagger.
For me, painting is a process of discovery. Like an archeologist, I start with an idea of what I'm after, but don't know exactly what I'll find; images trigger memory and emotion, and as I paint I follow the emotion and find layers of meaning.
I paint the immediate, visible elements of my world, but the result is not Realism per se. The process of painting is an exploration, so the elements are subject to change until they feel authentic; I know it when I see it.
Abstracted elements in my paintings include personal history, the history of painting, loss, desire, skewed vision, vertigo, self-absorption and self-containment.
My current body of work includes landscapes, figures, portraits of objects, and a recurrent theme: for the real subject of my work is time; the spaces and the things that people leave behind.
Patty Mullins painting at East Beach, Charlestown, RI, September 17, 2016.
Photograph by Camian Harris-Foley.