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 artists Rita Patel originally from New Jersey currently living in metro Detroit.
Rita Patel, CPA, MPH, CWWPM is an artist and generative consultant | coach with over twenty years of experience in health care and wellness. As an international speaker, coach and consultant, Rita is a creative ally for individuals, communities and organizations by designing bespoke projects. The promise in her work is to foster personal and collective agency especially in uncomfortable and unfamiliar situations by tapping into each person’s creative force so they can connect and be in their personal power with confidence. She is currently engaged in collaborative community and organization art-centered projects that are designed to shift perspectives, transcend boundaries and reimagine new narratives. Her art, design and illustration imagine patterns as entry points – beautiful open doorways that invite viewers into themselves. Rita feels strongly that we resonate with only that which is already part of us; that the mystery is in the familiar, but perhaps unknown. The beauty we experience invites us to explore and discover our own creative genius, that in turn allows us to flourish and live the life we are born to live.
What is your background?
My schooling and a lot of my work have been in business and health. When I went to graduate school for my Masters in Public Health I decided to also finally pursue my interest in art and started painting at the Arts Students League in New York – and I haven’t looked back since. It started me down the road of experimenting with different formats and applying my art and creative ideas to the workplace. I love painting large and working with mixed media and have been exploring illustration these last few years.
How long have you been an artist?
I have been practicing as an artist for 18 years.
When did you know that you wanted to be an artist?
For as long as I can remember. Most of my early memories are of me creating.
What kind of art do you create?
I am an experimenter. I am usually wondering ‘what would happen if….’ and so I like to start with any medium that calls to me to see what could unfold. I create from large-scale installations (3D metal sculptures and murals) to detailed fine line art for cards, surface design as well as a graphic illustration in businesses. I started as a painter and have continued to expand. I currently am interested in murals, textile art, hand lettering, and illustration.
How would you describe your style?
My style is ethereal and whimsical with touches of surprise – whether it is some humor or the opportunity to see different aspects from different perspectives.
What is the name of your piece featured in our Art Sale?
What inspired the piece featured in our Art Sale?
I love birds and have been exploring illustration a lot more in the past few years. They are actually the first things I drew when I was a child. For me, when I draw I am interested in exploring the personality that can come through the lines rather than creating something realistic. So, I love the ‘characters’ the birds turn into and it keeps me wondering about who they are and what they are up to.
Can you talk about the process you used to create it?
When I started drawing birds again, I began with some reference material to become familiar with the shapes and free up my hand. I then kept drawing and embellishing with different basic lines and shapes for each of these birds and ended up with these buddies. The background is a piece from a sketchbook I have where I experiment with watercolors.
You can purchase Rita Patel’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 have a silly humorous side to me that does not necessarily haveI have a silly humorous side to me that does not necessarily have a silly humorous side to me that does not necessarily have a big outlet. Drawing characters has been a way for me to bring that out in my style of line work and pattern design.
What is your favorite medium?
How do you decide what subjects to include in your art?
I usually go with what is inspiring me at the moment but there are some that are constant in some form over the years – such as birds, dragon, and butterflies.
What do you love most about creating and being an artist?
The surprise and wonder – never know how it is really going to look hen I am done; and how my work and process is a way to invite people into interaction/conversation and hopefully inspire.
Where do you see yourself in the future?
I see myself doing more of what I do especially illustrate stories and ideas on a larger scale which would include books, installation and hopefully with augmented reality and virtual reality. My goal is for people to experience wonder, joy, and beauty.
What are you doing when you are not creating? Do you have other hobbies?
I practice yoga, read, cook (I used to teach cooking) and travel. Anything where I have a chance to explore and experiment.