Category Archives: Figurative

In a Cage

This painting was juried into the FCA Abstract Show

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The Story Behind The Painting

This painting came about after caring for my Mom who lives with dementia. For me the cage represents isolation, locked up words and feelings of being trapped. The birds represent the longing for freedom from the trapped inner feelings. The rich colour of her dress is indicative of her rich inner life. The contrast between dark and light represented the challenges and the hope.

The inscription on the piece reads:

“Words are all but forgotten,
Memories lie deep within”  
  Patt Scrivener


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Raw Beauty

1511 Scrivener Day 11 Raw Beauty LR“Raw Beauty” is about more than the unclothed human form. When you are put in the position of being the caregiver for a loved one or any one for that matter you want to give them their privacy as much as possible. When viewing them in the raw you tend to look through them and past all of that into the beauty that lies deep within.


1510 Scrivener Day 10 Contemplation LRContemplation  – 1. the act of contemplating –  thoughtful observation.

2. full or deep consideration; reflection: religious contemplation.

3. purpose or intention.
4. prospect or expectation.
I have been spending a lot of time contemplating. Searching for the best outcome and solution to the problem. It is never easy when you are making decisions on somebodies behalf.

In a Cage

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In A Cage 9×5″ Mixed Media $50.00


“In a Cage” reflects how I feel! Being confined to the house as a live in caregiver 24/7 starts to make you stir crazy. Finding small bits of time to paint, journal and listen to podcasts has kept me sane!

At the same time I think the person living with dementia feels like they are in a cage too. Being unable to find the words to express yourself has got to be more than frustrating.

It’s a Sad and Beautiful World!


1431 Scrivener- A Sad and Beautiful Day -36x36-WREvery day I see the beauty all around me and feel blessed to live in such a beautiful part of the world.  I think you can find beauty anywhere if you are looking for it. At the same time it is such a sad world with all the war and violence, the corruption, scandal and the like.

Painting transcends me to my happy place! A place where I can go inside of myself and leave the worries behind. On a conscious level anyway. This painting started out bright and vibrant but as I worked on it I felt a shift happening. It was becoming dark and moody- evocative.

Was it being coloured by my inner thoughts?

For me this painting is about the “Sad and Beautiful World”. How mankind is destroying it and each other. The darkness in the painting represents all of that while the brightness in the figures represents hope and light.

With all the darkness and despair around we must keep our hope and stay positive.