A native of the Washington area, Pat Whittle is an emerging artist based in Loudoun County. Pat holds degrees in both computer science and biology and has been involved in creating throughout her life. Her art reflects her connection to the natural world and sometimes her sense of humor. Her love for the creative has only recently transitioned into pursuing more formal art training. Through drawing and painting classes at the Northern Virginia Community College, and the Compass Atelier in Rockville, she has found a vehicle to express her passions. Awards for her drawings and paintings soon followed at several NVCC Student Art Shows, and the Waterford Fair. She has also had works juried into regional shows. Her most recent paintings range from imaginative, intensely colored landscapes to more realistic renderings of nature. She has created works in both oil and acrylic. More than anything, she is looking forward to expanding her body of work.
This piece was inspired after hearing the podcast by ecologist Suzanne Simard "How do Trees Collaborate". I found her discovery that trees use underground fungi networks to communicate and share resources fascinating. There is often an older "mother" tree which may be the source of nutrients for younger trees. I think this painting celebrates this mother tree and the aliveness and interconnectedness of all trees.
Acrylic on canvas, 16 x 20”