I (Patricia Vener of Silver Dragon Creations) have always been an artist and one of my earliest art memories is also one of the influences that has stayed with me from the very start. I was four years old and my nursery class had a field trip to a local museum in Rochester NY. I was completely mesmerized by the textiles and beadwork of the native Americans. I don’t know how long I stood there just gazing at the work and absorbing all that the creator had to say.
My path as an artist, however, was a duet of both fine and performing arts. I am a (retired) ballerina as well as a published artist, having done illustrations for a CD picture book, “Papa CArdinal Finds Breakfast” by Sandra Wellborn. One of my paintings accompanied and essay I wrote for an Astronomy textbook. (I also hold a Masters Degree in Astrophysics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy NY and have worked as an astronomer and still teach astronomy as an adjunct professor for University of Maryland University College.)
My work has continued to grow and expand and I now also count myself as a mistress of the art of beadweaving. My paintings and drawings are as important to me as ever, though, and I don’t find enough time to do all that I want!
All of my work is one of a kind (with occasional limited editions — I have a hard time doing things more than once!). I like to play with color and texture, experiment with shape and drape and form.
Human beings, I think, are happiest when they are allowed to create. I know this is true for me.