Words Arielle Chambers
Images Courtesy Of Patricia Derks
Art serves as a translation of emotion and turns internal abstracts into physical displays. Thus, artists use the product of translating their internal sentiments to express what they feel. Painter Patricia Derks follows the deeply personal approach. She loves to paint and her passion, inherited from her father and driven by the academy, Arendonk, exudes on canvas. According to Derks, “in paintings, you show yourself, the manuscript, the composition, the use of color.” So close to her heart, she argues, “to paint yourself,” but also interpret others’ perspectives.
It is necessary to “think about what is going to come out, look at what others are doing, and be mindful of what is going on in contemporary art,” Derks explains. Derks describes her art process further, stressing the importance of planning prior to production. “All investigations should be done before the paint is on canvas.” The development process adds a distinguishable credibility to Derks’ creations. In evaluating the progression of art, the painter maintains her personal style. She works with opposites such as light and dark and thick and thin. Her preferred medium is oil and Derks opts for large canvases.
Her most recent series, displayed on her website, is full of color and unique expression. Derks uses an array of color to provide realistic portraits full of emotion. Particular emphasis should be placed on her ability to provoke feelings and thoughts through the eyes of her subjects in the paintings. The trio, It’s All About Orange,” illustrates three very different emotions, all with a splash of orange cohesion. Derks’ exhibitions date back to November 2011, and she is currently showcasing at the Arts Centre Gallery Second Weteringdwarsstraat in Amsterdam.