New York artist Patti Mollica is known for her energetic brushwork and bold use of color. Varied illustration clients have included vineyards, corporations, magazines and licensors. She also enjoys an active gallery career. Collectors include Mellon Bank USA, Société Generale, and Sheraton Hotel as well as many private individuals who own her paintings and prints. Patti is especially intrigued by capturing the hidden beauty in the urban environment, its architecture, geometric angles and vivid colors. “Crisscrossed lacework of exposed iron girders, ventilation ducts that gracefully meander up the sides of old factories, gaudy multicolored graffiti…this is my idea of a beautiful landscape.”
Edward Hopper has proved to be a strong influence on Patti’s work. For some years Patti’s studio was in Hopper’s boyhood home in Nyack, New York. As Hopper often did, Patti spends summers painting en plein air, portraying the homes and buildings of their mutual home town.
“I do try to plan before I paint. First I plan out the values, with a simple sketch. I revise the sketch until it works and the design and composition holds together. I envision how my colors will work. Once that is accomplished, I feel confident to jump into the paint. Sometimes I choose to translate colors to an analogous scheme, which lends itself to color harmony.”
“I try to be aware of the warm/cool balance. If my subject’s actual colors aren’t working, I often push them one way or another to create a scheme that looks united. The freedom comes thru as a direct result of planning first. Once I feel confident (from having a good value sketch and a color concept) I feel much more willing to take spontaneous chances. Planning first helps with spontaneity.”