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PATRICIA JENKS, Waxus Crescite Silva (fr

Patricia Jenks



I am an artist living in Suffield, CT with an art studio at the Indian Orchard Mills in Springfield, MA. For many years during my artistic career my main areas of specialization were abstract paintings and works on paper using acrylic or watercolor & enamel paints. For the past decade, however, my interest has turned to using encaustic (hot beeswax) in a three-dimensional format using natural materials to create works that express my continued interest in the physical and metaphysical worlds.  I’ve always tried to create a balance between order and chaos in my work in order to bring a sense of wholeness to my life. Stillness and movement, space and containment, contrast and similarity are ways that I try to find that balance between the seemingly contradictory in everyday living.


BFA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; MFA from the College of Art & Architecture at Clemson University in South Carolina. A working artist since 1972, my artwork has been exhibited and collected in the Southeast, Northeast, the West Coast and Canada. Over the course of my 30+ years of teaching art courses, I have taught at the College of Charleston in South Carolina (1982-1988), Concordia University in Montreal, CAN (1988-1989), The University of Maine at Augusta in Maine (1990-2005), and Western New England University in Springfield, MA (2005-2013).  I also taught art courses at a number of other educational venues in NC, SC and ME from 1976-1997. My first gallery position was at The Halsey Gallery at the College of Charleston as its Director from 1984-1988. From 2001 through 2007, I obtained museum experience by working at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art and Bates College Museum of Art in Maine as well as the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum in MA. I recently retired from the position of Gallery Curator for the Art Gallery at Western New England University which I held from 2006 to 2020.

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