Maker Mentors has curated a collection of 30+ Independent Artists for our first-ever Online Art Sale. You can order Art Prints or Greeting Cards from our exclusive shop now through June 27th. We are interviewing all of the artists featured in celebration of our Online Art Sale.

Today, we are talking to professional artist Patrice Horvath from New Jersey.

How long have you been an artist?

It runs in my family, so I was always drawing. When I was a kid, I’d make hundreds of paper dolls–draw them, cut them out, and then create rooms of a house and every type of accessory. I continued to focus on art in high school and started oil painting. In college, I majored in graphic design and after graduation I began working at a magazine. Then I worked for five years at a boutique design agency, working on every type of project for print, web and animation. A few years ago, I started getting the itch to paint again and this time gave watercolors a try. I was hooked! I started posting my work on Instagram and selling it online. I fell in love with seeing my artwork applied to all types of products and decided to pursue it full time.

What is the name of your piece featured in our Art Sale?

Blue Butterfly Bouquet!

What inspired the piece featured in our Art Sale?

I was collecting envelopes from bills I got in the mail because I was feeling inspired by the patterns on the inside liner. They’re there for security reasons so you can’t see through the envelope but I thought they made a great texture and secondary pattern.

Can you talk about the process you used to create it?

Once I had a few envelopes collected I sat down with my watercolor paint. I don’t like to sketch with pencil first because it comes out looking too controlled and I feel like I’m coloring in the lines. I like to paint on instinct and let it flow. This is a time when I want to allow mistakes and be surprised with where it goes. I love the whimsical and cheery feel of these blooms and the butterfly at the top is a little detail that makes me smile.

You can purchase Patrice Horvath’s piece as an Art Print or Greeting Card right here during our Maker Mentors Art Sale.

How is your personality reflected in your work?

I think my work tends to have a youthful quality to it. I’ve been making art since I was little and so it’s deeply rooted in who I am. This reminds me of a time when life seemed a little simpler and it was easier to focus on the small things. That’s what painting brings me back to. I know a piece is true to me when I’m smiling to myself while doing out and laughing out loud. It’s pure joy.

What is your favorite medium?

Watercolor – it really allows me to flow. Happy accidents are bound to happen. Also, it’s easy to setup and clean up so I’m more inclined to work.

How do you decide what subjects to include in your art?

It’s usually reoccurring imagery that keeps coming to mind. Things I feel a connection too. Lately a lot of ocean related imagery. Then of course there’s always florals!

Where do you see yourself in the future?

I’ve had recent licensing deals with Printed Matter Paper and love designing stationery for evite company Greenvelope. I see myself continuing to collaborate with companies like these to license and sell my art on a variety of products.

What are you doing when you are not creating? Do you have other hobbies?

If it’s nice out I’m taking a walk! Reading. Catching up with my fiancé and friends. Playing with my cat.

Connect with Patrice: Instagram | Facebook

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