Biography CV

A Symphony of Sights

Patt Scrivener AFCA

Patt Scrivener was born in Nipawin, Saskatchewan and grew up on a grain farm along with her four siblings. Although there was always lots of work to do, being isolated during the summer holidays afforded her lots of time to create.  

Patt became very adept at sewing – often creating wardrobes for her dolls, as well as  designing doll houses filled with furniture. As a teenager she fashioned many of her clothes by making over garments. She was upcycling long before the word was coined!

Patt’s first childhood memory of art was colouring on any paper that was around and although she does not remember she has been told she coloured on walls too!
She has fond memories of art projects through school. In Grade one Patt attended a one room school that taught grades 1-8. She remembers   doing a self portrait painting directly on a mirror with black paint. It was inspiring to be in a class with older children. “I was awestruck by the talent of a boy in Grade 4 and drooled over his art.”

Always creative, Patt enjoyed music too and expressed an interest at an early age. At age 5 she started piano lessons, went on to finish her grade 8 conservatory and later studied pop piano and organ.  She also picked up her brother’s accordion and learned to play that as well as  trying her hand at the guitar and ukulele. She discovered her real love in the celtic harp and today she focuses on playing and teaching this instrument.

Scrivener-Mystic Harp -Acrylic -collage-36x36 HR


Patt was encouraged to become a secretary or nurse; however she  knew that was not the path for her. Being unsettled about what to take after high school Patt moved to the city and got a job in a flower shop. By age 23 she owned her own shop. After running a successful business for 10 years Patt was ready for new challenges.

“ I like the challenge of not having a preconceived idea and taking advantage of the ‘happy accidents’ that occur!”

She went on to study interior design and teach floral design at Olds College and Mount Royal University.  Throughout her career in her spare time she continued dabbling in art by studying watercolour, painting on silk, pottery, weaving and silversmithing.

In 2003 Patt  attended a one week mixed media painting workshop led by Maxine Masterfield. This was the catalyst for her decision to focus on painting. Since then she has studied under many renowned artists including Gwen Fox, Donna Baspaly, Suzanne Northcott, Patricia Seggebruch, and Linda Robertson to name a few.

Today Patt works in many mediums including acrylic, encaustic and cold wax with oil. Her work includes imagery of people, landscape and abstraction.The layering of a variety of media offers an assortment of possibilities within her work; colour, line and texture all play a role within her imagery. Her work is about the process – she loves layering, scraping, sanding, pouring and dripping. She uses many unorthodox tools and loves visits to the hardware store!

Patt retains a childlike exuberance when starting a new painting. Rather than have a fixed image in mind, Patt starts each project by pouring, scraping, and mark making. Once she has covered the canvas with a medley of colour, texture and pattern, she then steps back and looks for images to present themselves. She paints very intuitively – listening to the painting and responding to it.

“To me this method of painting feels more spontaneous and less like the paint by number kit I got as a gift when I was 10!”

In 2007 Patt studied to become a life coach and this was instrumental in her decision to becoming a full time artist and to help others develop their creativity. Patt devotes her time creating original works and  teaching others.

“I developed my technique by being willing to experiment and always being open to what if? A large part of my learning comes from teaching.”

She facilitates workshops and a mentorship program in her Parksville Studio. Patt is a Signature (AFCA) member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and a member of the  DeCosmos Fine Arts Society.


Professional Affiliations


Federation of Canadian Artists

 Past Professional Affiliations

Chinook Artists, Calgary

Calgary Artists Society

Calgary Community Painters

Leighton Center,Calgary


2014 Susanne Northcott, Abstract

2014 Flora Bowley, Intuitive Painting

2013 Gwen Fox, Abstract Art

2011 Sara Robichaud, Mixed Media

2009 Pat Dews, Watermedia

2009 Vicki Turner, The Reality of Abstraction

2009 Merv Brandel, Realism

2009 Marilyn Timms, Color Mixing

2006 Louise Lachance Legault, Mixed Media Workshop

2006 Jean Pederson, Watermedia  Workshop

2006 Jason Broatch, Golden Art Product Workshop

2005 Donna Baspaly, Intuitive Painting

2004 Maxine Masterfield , Mixed Media

2004 Susan Kelli, Your Creative Soul

1998 Colleen Anderson – Millard, Mixed Media Studio

1996 CAFA Induction (CanadianAcademyof Floral Art)

1995 Sheffields School of Interior Design

1995 Garry Williams,  Raku  Pottery

1994 Maura Byrne,  Lino Cut

1993 ACAD ,Silversmithing Beginner Course

1993 Joy McLeod, Spirit Doll Making

1992 North Mount Pleasant Art Center, Watercolour

1988 AIFD Induction, (American Institute of Floral Designers)

1984 Cheryl Ratzerenberg, Watercolour

1984 Ursula Reynolds, Silk Painting

1983 Saskatoon Parks and Recreation, Pottery- Wheel Throwing

1983 Saskatoon Parks and Recreation, Pottery Hand Building

1983 Yoshimi Woolsley, Ikebana Classes

1982 Dutch Masters Floral DesignSchool-Holland

1982 Lorne Pendleton, Advertising and Marketing for Business

1982 Lorne Pendleton,   Graphic Arts for Business

1978 South Florida School of Floral Design

Solo Shows

2015 -The Old School House – Qualicum Beach,BC

2015 -Cafe Adagio – Parksville,BC

2015 -The Gallery at Qualicum Art Supply – Qualicum Beach, BC

2015 Beach Club Resort, Parksville

2012 -The Old School House, Qualicum Beach

Juried Exhibitions

2015 Comox Airport -“Another Blue Day”

2015 Arrowsmith FCA Fall Show – “Play on” and “Soul Sisters” – Honourable Mention

2015 Arrowsmith FCA Summer Show -“Morning Glow” – Honourable Mention

2015 Sidney Fine Art Show -“Rippled Pond”

2014 Arrowsmith FCA Fall Show – “Music to my Ears” Second Place

2014 Sidney Fine Art Show – “Jumping Through Hoops”

2014 Sooke Fine Art Show – “Shopping Spree”

2013 Federation of Canadian Artists – Abstract Show, “Trees in a Row” and  “Juxtaposition” Award of Excellence”

2013 Federation of Canadian Artists – Landscape show, “Red Landscape”

2012 Sidney Fine Arts Show – “Scorched Earth” and “Going in Circles”

2012 Federation of Canadian Artists – Small, Smaller, Smallest Show – “The Hills Are Alive”  and “Golden Glow”

2012 Federation of Canadian Artists, Still Life Show  – ” Blown Glass”

2012 Federation of Canadian Artists -Arrowsmith Chapter Spring  Show – “Corrugated City”

2012 Federation of Canadian Artists, Canvas Unbound – “Red Tension” and “Red Earth”

2012 Federation of Canadian Artists, Abstract Show – “Alphabet” and ” Fire and Ice 2″

2011 Federation of Canadian Artists, Small, Smaller, Smallest Show – “Red Hot and Cool Blue 5”

2011 Federation of Canadian Artists, Arrowsmith Chapter – “Red Hot and Cool Blue 3”  Award of Excellence

2011 Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, Canvas Unbound Show – “Pink Poppies on Clear Day” Award of Excellence  

2011 Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, Abstract Show – “Distant Horizon” and “Blackbird Fly”

2011 Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver,Landscape Show – “Golden Sunset” –  Third Place

2010 Federation of Canadian Artists,Vancouver, Small, Smaller, and Smallest Show – “Black, Red and Gold All Over”

2010 Federation of Canadian Artists, Arrowsmith Chapter Fall Show – “Ready for the Party” and “Strata”

2010 Federation of Canadian Artists, Arrowsmith Chapter Spring Show – “Copper Fusion” and “Infinite 2”

2007-2008 Leighton Center Members Show

2006 Woodgreen Show, Calgary Community Painters

2006-2008 Calyx Arts

Published Works

2011 “Let me be Free to Fly” Nick Bantock Tribute

2011 “Siblings”   Digital Image Transfer, Dr. Ellen Horovitz

Guest Art Instructor

2013 Comox Valley Art Group – Comox, BC, – Mixed Media –Two Day Workshop

2011 DeCosmos Art Group, Parksville,BC  Mixed Media –Two Day Workshop

2011 Federation of Canadian Artists, Arrowsmith Chapter   Image Transfer, One Day Workshop

2009-2010 Oceanside Arts Council  Youth Arts Day Camps


2015 PQ News, Parksville Painter Creates Symphony of Sights. Read Here

2014 Island Arts Magazine -Featured Artist Read Here

2014 PQ News, Parksville Artist Finds Beauty in Old Things, Read Here

2011 – PQ News – Vote For your Favourite at TOSH Read Here