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Art & Life with Patric Stillman

Today we’d like to introduce you to Patric Stillman.

Patric, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I’m a self-taught visual artist working mainly on figurative works in the medium of acrylics. Though I’ve lived a creative life, it wasn’t until about a decade ago that I became truly focused on my artistic expression. I joke that, Zeus created nine muses for the arts and sciences but forgot the muse of visual arts so I had to become my own demigod. Once I honed in on my intentions, everything changed. With my head in the studio and paint under my nails, I understand that time has given me clarity of vision, the lack of fear to express myself honestly, and the skills to execute what is in my head. At 55 years of age, I believe that all my years have been building to this moment. Age is simply another color on my palette. I work out of my studio at The Studio Door in San Diego, which is an arts center that is also my business.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My process is personal. I approach painting with a primal instinct to scratch, tap, and pull acrylic from the canvas. With each new work, I attempt to push the boundaries of my own limitations. When I succeed, I’m over the moon and when I don’t, I walk away having learned something new.

My voice is social. Belief that we connect ourselves with the world in a meaningful way through creativity, I offer my artwork and experiences as a gay man to a new generation in the hope of encouraging them to embrace their uniqueness and create their own paradigms.

It is my hope that my art is a reflection of intention, emotion and intellect. Perhaps my artwork will compel a viewer to interpret their own account of events taking place or be the springboard for a larger conversation. I believe art is a tool that can bring people together. I am compelled to keep working at creating works that shine a light on the significance of being “different.”

What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
Most visual artists spend a great deal of time in their head. The work demands it. But there is nothing better than surrounding yourself with artists. The inspiration, encouragement and insider tips that come from a community of artists can help keep things moving along. San Diego has a variety of classrooms, associations and exhibiting groups open to visual artists. In addition to the participating artists of The Studio Door, I’ve found community with Oceanside Museum of Art Artist Alliance, the San Diego Museum of Art Artist Guild and Escondido Arts Partnership.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I’ve opened the vault with a virtual portfolio. Patrons online can easily flip through it on my website at

In San Diego, my studio is open six days a week at The Studio Door along the 30th corridor in the heart of North Park. Also, I have an on-going solo exhibition of my Ancestral Memories series at North Park Main Street, producer of the Festival of the Arts in North Park.

Later this year, my 15-foot, three panel murals on canvas, Pride and Protest, will be seen in the Boston Pride Guide accompanying an article on the early history of LGBTQ Pride celebrations. It will also be exhibited as part of LGBTQ+, History, Struggles and Triumphs, a year-long exhibition at the San Diego History Center.

Though much of my work comes from a personal place, it’s all available for sale. Purchasing art or hiring me to create a commission is the best way to support my work as it puts money back into my pocket allowing me to continue to create art. 

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Image Credit:
Photos courtesy of artist, Patric Stillman.

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