The first time I saw Patrick Wayner’s Painted Patchwork was at a made Local event that was held at 400 West Rich. I was checking out the art scene with an ulterior motive…finding some new artisans to participate in the Falling for Local show at Franklin Park. His art was so unique and fascinating, that I contacted him about vending at the event. I was thrilled that he participated and so was he as had great sales and feedback that day. I gave him a slew of maps and vintage sheet music for his work. From there, we discussed an interview and here we are!
Initially, Patrick answered some questions for me via e-mail but then he invited me to come to house where his studio is located in his basement. Not only did I get to know him better, meet his doggies, wife and son and learn more about his process but I actually got to watch him begin a piece. How fun and a great way to spend a cold winter Sunday!
Neither of Patrick’s parents were particularly artistic but his dad had a wood shop, was an engineer with blueprints every where and the smell of wood is something that has always resonated with him, felt like home. Art was always a part of his life, a sort of therapeutic thing. So, when it came time to choose a career, something art related seemed quite natural. He chose graphics because he wanted to do something art related but not necessarily fine art.
Admittedly a wood and spray paint addict, he categorizes his work as mixed media illustrations that utilize wood, maps, acrylic and aerosol paint. He has always been drawn to street art and graffitti…sorta got his start with that but quickly moved on to other things. Montana spray paints and the store Woodworks (conveniently right around the corner from his home!) are staples of his creations. If framing his works, he usually uses birch but without frames, he is likely to use cherry, ash or cedar and gravitates to pieces of wood that other may find less desirable because worm holes, knots, etc. have more character.
Over the last 5 years, he has been experimenting with different techniques, mediums, pattern making, etc. Since he has just recently been able to put more time and effort in to his creative process, he says he is learning new ‘stuff’ every day. One of the favorite techniques he is using recently is pattern making. There’s a lot of thought and effort put into creating interesting and dynamic patterns. This is one of the first steps to creating his works. First, he sketches (his wife calls it ‘anal retentive’ sketching cause he he erases and fixes till it’s just right!) on tracing paper and then he makes layered patterns/stencils that are the foundation of his work.
As I said, I got to watch as he began an illustration of a fox. He had already stained a piece of birch so from there he pulled out his stencil to begin the layering. Look below to see how the work progresses. After completing the layering, he began work on what he calls the line work. He does this free hand and fills in with black outlining and accents. To finish, he polyurethanes the piece with several layers …more layers when he uses vintage maps to ensure they stay adhered. I would’ve loved to have seen how he creates the map pieces but we didn’t have time. Suffice it to say, it is more time intensive and intricate…first adhering the map pieces with Mod Podge, then painting, outlining and so forth.
When asked what serves as inspiration for his work, he states:
I am inspired by patterns, lines and structure. I use a lot of symmetry and in my work and love seeing that in everyday life. I get excited about finding the patterns in all living things. I like to take simple lines and shapes, layering them to create patterns and depth. Watching a piece build and come to life is my favorite part of the process. I create images that are multi-layered, expressing texture with each different layer. I take great care in choosing patterns and matching them with the right image. I use a combination of vintage maps, wood, ink and spray paint. I create my own canvases and frames using new and reclaimed wood. In addition to his studio, he has an Etsy shop, promotes commissioned pieces through Facebook and Instagram and currently sells his work at EcoFlora, a local organic flower shop on West Pacemont in Clintonville (proprietor Eva Provenzale has always supported local artists). He is also lucky enough to have a wife who supports his endeavors AND is a photographer who promotes his work through her photography.
His work is on display at Haiku Poetic Food and Art with an 11 piece collection through this month. Rivet Gallery is showing one of his pieces for the Valentine’s Day group show(sold!) and he will be participating in Paint the Pint House at the Short North Pint House on Saturday, March 7th during Gallery Hop. A very neat experience where every month an artist submits a proposal for a rotating mural …the day of Gallery Hop, he will begin painting at 10:30 a.m. and be present until the bar closes at around 2 a.m.! I can’t wait to see this (formerly featured artist, Larry Doyle, has also done this)
He explains his current work and the ability to pursue his art in this way: I love what I do and I pour my all into it. I wake up every morning and have a need to create. It drives me, and is truly my passion. I really enjoy conceptualizing an idea, growing it and watching it flourish. I love the feeling of free handing a line from start to finish, the way the blade sounds against wood, and the smell of fresh paint. I love matching colors to create different moods, cutting patterns to build texture and giving my illustrations life. I just try to make work that sparks interest and conversation amongst viewers. I want it to feel playful, approachable and fun.
We also talked about where he would like to see his art go in the coming year. First, he’d intends to spend more time dealing with the business side of art despite the desire to just spend time creating…like most artists! However, he and his wife, Angela, have talked about how this needs to be an important part of his studio time. He also wants to begin work on a collection of 3-D pieces incorporating the same process he uses for his illustrations. Getting more involved in the Columbus art community/connecting with other artists and showing more of his work in galleries are high on his list of priorities. In addition, he has begun to produce prints to sell in his Etsy.com shop along with selling his works at Society 6. I think he is gonna have a busy and productive year. I am super psyched to see where this year takes him and am happy to say that I am soon to be a recipient of one of his works…a sea horse featuring my hometown of Pittsburgh!!! Yipppeeee!