Patricia Sabree - Fine Artist

Patricia Sabree

Charlotte, NC - United States

 
 
 

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Patricia Sabree

Charlotte, NC - United States

Patricia Sabree - Fine Artist

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About Patricia Sabree

Patricia Elaine Sabree, {formally Patricia Elaine McFadden} is the product of Lake City, a small country town carved from the dark earth, located in the low country of South Carolina. Lake City is known for its amazing crop raising, dusky flatland, muddy-swamp wetland, endless fishing, surplus of snakes, and the Gullah people culture. Even though now divorced, Sabree kept her married name, 'Sabree' due to its meaning, 'one who preseveres until the job is done,' and the connection it gave to her two lovely daughters- Faridah and Ameenah. Sabree and her fourteen siblings spent most of their youth working on a farm. Their parents were loyal sharecroppers who taught their children the value of hard work. This is certain to be what contributed to their strong craving for education coupled with the desire for another way of life.

Living on the farm was very hard, and demanded strength of iron, but looking back it was the best thing that could have ever happened. It gave them the foundation of good work ethics and made the children strive even harder to obtain an education. The farm featured hundreds of acres of tobacco, cucumbers, cotton, corn, string beans, watermelons, basically a very large garden. Father, J.W. McFadden, used a mule and a hand-held plow to plant the garden, which was adjacent to the house. He often said, 'It made better rows for planting.' Mother, Elizabeth McFadden, trailed in behind digging holes for the seeds. The children would come along and throw the seeds in the hole and cover them with bare feet. A typical day for the McFadden's started at 3:00 a.m. unloading the barn that housed the tobacco after curing (cooking the tobacco).

The children operated in shifts. Some nights the siblings would go to unload the barn, and the alternating night(s) the next set of siblings went. Elizabeth would get up around 5:00 a.m. to prepare breakfast for all the siblings and J.W. She was an amazing cook who sported a rather tall shapely ebony frame. You will find her gracious smile in many of Sabree's art works. After breakfast, the children would climb on the back of the truck and worked from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays occasionally some Saturdays. Most of the days stringing tobacco or suckering tobacco (suckering is a process of removing impurities between the full tobacco plant; it could take over the plant if not eradicated). It is a tedious process that requires patience and endurance. The rows of the tobacco plant, cotton and cucumber fields gave the impression of no end in sight, of which you will witnessed in many of the paintings.

To escape the dreaded fields of labor, Sabree obtained a Bachelor's of Arts degree from South Carolina State University, and a Master's of Education from Southern Wesleyan, Central, South Carolina. She has been teaching Art for twenty-two years, four years in Elementary School (South Fant, Whitehall, Homeland Park, Anderson, South Carolina) and fifteen years at Pendleton High School, Pendleton, South Carolina and three years at Bishop Spaugh Middle School, Charlotte, North Carolina. Sabree has tasted the flavor of all three worlds, holding partiality to high school. She proclaims there is something special about working with older students who are independent thinkers. After working for 15 years as a High School Art Teacher, Sabree heard a little voice telling her that she needed a new challenge. Although her students were awesome and Pendleton High supported the Fine Arts Program, having spent so many years promoting her students and their art, she knew they would be fine. They could make it. She felt she was needed elsewhere. If she was going to survive as an artist, she had to move to where Art was flourishing. For years the feeling was like a compelling urge beckoning her to move on. Unable to shake the feeling, she packed up and moved to Charlotte, North Carolina.

Soon after she started to blossom as an artist. The head Principal, Mr. Tyrone McDonald, asked her to be the chairperson over the 'Fashion in the School' committee. Through Bishop Spaugh Middle she worked with Mr. Cary Mitchell, a famous fashion designer and creator of 'Fashion in the School.' He spent three weeks, in her classroom after school, teaching students designing principles which led to them redesigning uniforms for her school. His program was a rousing success, and Sabree and her students were fortunate to have been apart of it. As an Art instructor, she enjoyed decorating almost the entire school with students' art works and creative bulletin boards. Many teachers caught wind of this, and at their request, Sabree started painting pictures, illustrations, and redsigning classrooms. And yes, everyone liked it. Eventually, people started asking her to paint pictures and illustrations for their homes. And again, they liked it. She started building a portfolio and wanted to frame the works. So while perusing through 'Arts, Crafts, and Frames Gallery' of Anderson, South Carolina for frames for her art works, the gallery owner was pleasantly amazed by several of her art works. They asked her if she had ever done works on commission. She told them that she had because she owned a gallery once in Clemson, South Carolina called 'Sabree's Gallery of the Arts,' basically doing sculptural pieces and working with clay. However, she still felt that this was not the right genre for her works. So, once again she heard the little voice telling her that she needed to be painting pictures. 'Arts, Crafts, and Frames Gallery' started to compare her style of painting to Mr. Jonathan Green, a very prominent Charleston, South Carolina artist, who is known around the world for his Expressionistic paintings. After researching Mr. Green's work, she started to see a correlation. After all, both were from low-country, both painted (Mr. Green in oil and Sabree in acrylic), and both have an appreciation for the Gullah culture. Sabree had once read somewhere that Mr. Jonathan Green was solely responsible for resurrecting the Gullah culture single-handedly. What an accomplishment and for her to be compared to him.

When you observe her works, you will find them reminiscence of the deep south; fishing off the river bank or swamp land; walking barefoot in the rain; working all day in the cotton, tobacco, cucumbers, and watermelon fields; running in the blazing sun; throwing a frisbee; laughing and playing a game outdoor basketball; climbing a grapevine tree; being whipped across the legs for not doing a chore; chasing a butterfly in a red and white polka-dotted dress while pigtails dance in the wind; little girls' hair being braided; little boys shooting a bb gun while man's best friend supports the hunt; listening to the Blues or voices of Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flacks, Glades Knight and James Brown while enjoying ice cream and cake on a sunny summer's Sunday. The neighbors from every part of town gather in conversations with an occasional courtship with her beautiful ebony sisters. This is the story behind the paintings that shapes Sabree's art.

Sabree explains that she felt the need to expose these images to the world. Some days she expressed that she can barely put down a paint brush due to the images she sees in her dreams and awakened state. Most importantly, there is a force resonating through her empthatically stating that, this is the time... time to tell the visual low country story that needs to be told. Her style can be best classified as Expressionism because of the bold brushstrokes, vibrant lash of colors, crossed-sectional patterns, sometimes featureless individuals, bright-eyed little girls and boys. She is painting her mother, father, sisters, brothers, daughters, friends, and the Gullah people's way of life.

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Begin With Them

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