We had the good fortune of connecting with Patrice Dworkin and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Patrice, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
The question of whether to keep going or give up seems really poignant in the midst of the pandemic, when there are so few outlets for creative work. But the fact is, I’ve always said I would keep creating art whether anyone saw it or not! No matter what’s happening, I’m always drawn back to the studio and into the process. Making the work is not always easy or straightforward, but it always grounds me and brings me joy.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have always drawn and worked with my hands, but my education and background are a little unusual for an artist. I studied American Civilization at Brown, got an MBA from the Wharton  School, and started off with a career in advertising in New York City. I’d like to give my husband  Steve a big shout out for recognizing and supporting my need to leave that work behind and follow a much more personal creative path.. I began to develop my art practice at about the same time I became a mother. My family was my creative bubble long before the term “bubble” took on a new meaning in 2020! Building a consistent art practice while raising kids was both a  privilege and a challenge. They are my biggest inspiration, and the source of some of my most important themes. I think that witnessing my creative growth and dedication has had a lot of impact on my kids, and I was also able to use my skills to assist their early interest in theatre arts, which has continued into their professional lives as adults. The work that I’ve created during the pandemic has been based exclusively on images of my daughter, Chloe. In addition to the threads of family, my art is very strongly influenced by my environment and close observation of my coastal neighborhood in Southern California. My work has been noted for its resemblance to topography, and now I find myself using the human figure as a map.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Right now our adventures are very close to our Westside home, mostly centered on walking, so I’d start with a one-mile window-shopping stroll down Abbott Kinney Boulevard in Venice. Don’t miss the handmade hats at Nick Fouquet. And grab a breakfast burrito at Gjelina Takeaway. The Bluffs along Ocean Avenue in Santa have played a big part in my recent artwork. The walk through Palisades Park gives a great view of the Bluffs and the Pacific, and you can pick up fish tacos at Blue Plate Oysterette and enjoy the view. Drive a few miles north on PCH to Sunset, and park at the Los Liones trailhead. You can take an easy 1.3 mile walk to the fire road, or a more serious hike to Parker Mesa. When you’re done, stop at K Bakery on Sunset for the soup of the day, or delicious sweets. To feel like you’re really out of town, head up Topanga Canyon. There are great vintage finds at Hidden Treasures in Old Topanga, and it’s right next door to the Topanga Canyon Gallery. Pick up wine and cheese at Canyon Gourmet in time to watch the sunset.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’m currently working through The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron (for the third time!) It’s helping me to put the isolation and uncertainty. of the pandemic into perspective, and reopening my creative channels for whatever comes next.

Website: www.patricedworkin.com
Instagram: @patricedworkinart
Twitter: @PatriceDworkin
Facebook: Patrice Dworkin

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Adam Dworkin Patrice Dworkin

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