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Penelope Paige Satchwell

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When I first started painting I literally painted all day every day for a year in my garage when I used to live in Watertown, NY. I am originally from Virginia. I would put six to ten canvases on the garage floor. I would paint through the wee hours of the night. I would sleep for a few hours. I would get back up and do it all over again. In the summer time I would utilize my drive way and back yard.  I relocated to Seneca Falls, NY. Now my studio is in a barn. I have no heat. In the winter time, it can get very cold. The holes in the roof have been fixed. I know longer have to worry about snow or rain coming through the roof. I love painting in my barn.

I have adopted a variety of techniques that have become a signature part of my work. I unleash these methods as needed. Many people think that drip painting is little more than “throwing” paint on a canvas. In reality, it is harder than it looks.  In creating my paintings I allow myself to respond authentically to my materials. What transpires during the process is between the canvas and me. Lacking the need for much certainty in my life: I am inspired to create art that is risky, subversive, and edgy. Sometimes my work is suggestive or spontaneous, but it’s never uncomplicated. Uncertainty is the essential, inevitable ingredient for creating something that you never thought you could create. I do not use brushes. I use sticks or whatever I happen to find laying around my barn.

The canvas is the only place where I feel perfectly happy and at home. The canvas keeps me connected with someone who will live forever in my heart and soul. He is in every painting. He is in every swirl and splash of paint. For me, painting is as natural as breathing. The canvas accepts me for who I am. It accepts my shortcomings, mistakes, Scottish temper and all of my neurotic tendencies. 

My paintings are shown and collected both nationally and internationally. I have a master’s degree in psychology. I have no formal training in art. What you see on the canvas comes from my imagination and pure love of painting. If you are moved by the work you see here, are interested in purchasing a particular piece or would like a studio tour, send me an email, satchwellcontemporaryartstudio@yahoo.com

Cheers, 
Penelope Paige

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