When I travel, my favorite souvenirs to return home with are the memories of spontaneous encounters with locals. Artist residencies and personal adventures have given me the opportunity to explore a range of different geographies, and with each trip, I find new inspiration. Anything can happen, and it often does—and it is in these unexpected moments that I find the most magic.

As an ardent observer, I arrive in every new place with open eyes and an open mind. I explore the community, listening to the rhythm of culture and language and absorbing the vibrancy of my surroundings. When the opportunity presents itself, I engage in conversation—and it is in these surprising, rewarding interactions that each of the paintings in this series found its starting point.

I bring pockets full of adventure back into my studio, unpacking stories and memories that are ready to spill out on to my panels. An invisible thread of exploration connects all of these paintings, their many layers of color and abstract shape created with warm beeswax, pigment, ink, and mixed media.

The elements of human connection and of raw landscape—whether that landscape be abandoned, graffiti-covered buildings, or the serene Pacific Ocean teaming with sea turtles—are a vital part of my work. More often than not, they are the impetus behind its creation. In my travels, I’ve been lucky enough to encounter so many captivating cultures, people, and places, and I hope that I’ve recreated those experiences in this series.

I have been invited to the SIM Artist Residency program in Reykjavik, Iceland during the spring 0f 2016.

Patricia Aaron
January 9 – May 1, 2016
Denver International Airport
Terminal Gallery Installation  Photographs provided courtesy of Denver International Airport

Patricia, I love the exhibit at DIA! Wonderful work. Congratulations,
-Christopher L.  Collector

I’m at DIA and I got to see your work! It looks really great & it totally derailed my usual airport TSA stranger danger panic.
-Kellie C.  Denver artist