These paintings are precise renderings of scenarios involving unusual combinations of the natural world and improbable architectural structures. This work employs the use of lush color and representational imagery to explore environments devoid of humans in which deer and other animals appear as mysterious interlocutors. Created from elaborate digital collages, this series depicts a world in which a strange form of nature is allowed, at least for the moment, to respond freely and enigmatically to the human environment. This project draws upon sources that range from mid century modernist furniture, experimental architecture, natural history, love songs of the 70’s and 80’s, and Ruskin’s notions of the pathetic fallacy.

The Sky is Burning
Patte Loper The Sky is Burning acrylic, oil, and graphite on paper
The Sky is Burning, the Sea Aflame
2010
acrylic, oil, and graphite on paper
19" x 23"

Patte Loper The Sky is Burning
The Sky is Burning, the Sea Aflame, detail

Patte Loper The Sky is Burning acrylic and oil on paper
The Spring is Turning Your Face to Mine
2009
acrylic and oil on paper
20" x 25"

Patte Loper The Sky is Burning acrylic and oil on paper
Until I Hear You Sigh Here
2009
acrylic and oil on paper
20" x 25"

Patte Loper The Sky is Burning acrylic and oil on paper
I Can Hear Your Laughter, See Your Smile
2009
acrylic and oil on paper
20" x 25"

Patte Loper The Sky is Burning
I Can Hear Your Laughter, See Your Smile, detail

Patte Loper The Sky is Burning acrylic and oil on paper
You Run Through Here With Your Words of Sand
2010
acrylic and oil on paper
20" x 25"

Patte Loper The Sky is Burning
You Run Through Here With Your Words of Sand, detail

Patte Loper The Sky is Burning acrylic and oil on paper
You're Running With Me, Don't Touch the Ground
2009
acrylic and oil on paper
20" x 25"

Patte Loper The Sky is Burning acrylic ans oil on paper
We're the Restless Hearted, Not the Chained and Bound
2010
acrylic ans oil on paper
20" x 25"

Patte Loper The Sky is Burning acrylic, oil, and graphite on paper
While My Heart is Still Beating
2010
acrylic, oil, and graphite on paper
19" x 23"

Patte Loper The Sky is Burning
While My Heart Is Still Beating, detail