Artist Update: Creative Catalyst Artist Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch

Posted June 17 2015

Patricia Baldwon Seggebruch with Lynn and Jim Powers at Creative Catalyst ProductionsWe filmed Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch in March 2008.  We reached out to her this month to find out what she's been doing for the last 7 years.   We've attached some recent work by Trish.


Patricia, what have you been doing since filming here at Creative Catalyst?

Oh wow, loaded question :). Today is my fifth wedding anniversary and this has me reminiscing on how much has happened in just five years! Since filming my video with you I have authored four books now, sold my home/car/possessions in the PNW, moved and lived the 'vagabond' life trailblazing encaustic in Australia, NewZealand and Bali, begun and continue an annual retreat Encausticamp, become an empty nester as my boys are now 19-25, and of course, gotten remarried! John and I now live in Lexington, KY in an amazing turn of the century victorian castle; Encausticastle, in which I will host workshop retreats on a smaller scale with myself and international and regional guest artists. Whew!


Do you remember any highlights about your visit to Creative Catalyst to film your video(s)?

The property amazing. The people even more amazing.

The discomfort in thinking I could even do this (shoot a video) and the wonder at having it done :)


Did creating a video change your career path in any way?

Absolutely. I've found that between this and my books my ability to live out my passion to reach more, teach more, inspire more has multiplied~


What did other artists or students say about your video?

As self conscious as I am about having myself immortalized on video tape, it seems to be very well received as a wonderful teaching tool :)


Tell us how your art has changed / evolved in the last few years?

I use less color. I use less 'stuff'. I trust my own voice more wholeheartedly and I let things, the art, come as it wants.


What subjects, styles, materials are catching your interest these days?

Minimalism. Bitumen. Earthtones. 


What inspires you to keep creating?

I have no idea :) Watching others connect to it, or whatever it is I'm putting out there~


Have you had some obstacles to overcome to continue art? 

How did you overcome them?Financial. Some day I'll be able to put out there absolutely everything I dream because means will allow! I believe it :)


Are you continuing to teach art?

I've taken time off after returning from down under but host EncaustiCamp again next month and will begin workshops in Kentucky in October.


What are some of the most common questions your students have?

How do you create such smooth layers?!


Do you use your videos (or others) in your teaching?

I speak to it but don't use it in teaching. I am right there after all! 


New books, videos, shows, galleries, awards?

CV attached :)


Have you learned anything new about art marketing?

Oh krikies; that I really do detest it?! That word of mouth truly is the best vehicle? That there are many ways to interpret and use word of mouth!


Has the internet changed what you are creating or how you are marketing?

Most definitely  Although I am not certain I can properly define it....


Do you have any advice to someone who wants to learn to paint?

Just do it. Trust your own voice. Seek inspiration. Then just keep doing it.


How do you know when to quit (a painting)?

It stops. And doesn't commend more when i revisit it over hours, days, weeks...


Where do you see your art taking you in the next 5 to 10 years?  Hopes and dreams?

Throughout the world. Creating more opportunities for other artists to teach, residencies, retreat and refuel their own work.


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