Frances Patella lives and works in Toronto. She is a photo-based, mixed media artist, exploring perception, memory and transformation through the representation of the landscapes of the endangered Oak Savannah in High Park during controlled burns. Frances’ work has been exhibited in public and private galleries and has won awards, including mid-career grants from the Ontario and Toronto Arts Councils. She is active in the Toronto arts community as Co-Chair of the Board of Propeller Gallery and a Director of the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition. Frances has taught visual arts and analog photography in the TDSB, and has conducted workshops for the Photo Educators Forum and the National Gallery of Photography. She holds a BFA from York University and a B.ED from OISE. Frances is a new member of the Ontario Society of Artists.
Ways I Work
What kind of artwork do you have in your home?
Mainly paintings, mixed media, photography and glass
Who do you consider a genius?
Jack Shadbolt the artist, Brian Greene the physicist
Why is it important for people to have art in their home or life?
Allows us to be inspired every day and reconnect with the creative in all of us.
What artists do you admire right now?
Again, Susanna Heller, John Hartman and David Hockney.
Favourite artist(s) right now
John Hartman, Jack Shadbolt, David Hockney, Susanna Heller
Everyone should know about
I photography controlled burns and hawks in High Park.
Why is art important to you?
One of the best ways to discover who we are and why we're here.