It's difficult to write about oneself so I will paraphrase an article that was in the Riverside Press Enterprise newspaper on May 20, 2013. Writers Patrick Brien and Brandi Clarke seem to have captured me. "Growing up in rural New England, Patricia Sablak-Korzec always loved the outdoors. However, in the small quiet factory town of West Warren, Massechusetts where the family house was located within a factory complex, she didn't get to see a lot of greenery. "My strong love of reading from an early age brought me to new imaginary worlds where landscapes were lush, skies were fanciful and mountains towered over emmense forests," says Sablak-Korzec. "These mental excursions were my first inspirations."
Sablak-Korzec spent her childhood dreaming of far-off places, and was determined to live a life bigger than the one she was born into. She won an art contest sponsored by the local Lions Club when she was in the eighth grade. "I did a pencil portrait of John F Kennedy who was my idol at the time." She went on to be the first in her family to go to college graduating with a Bachelors' Degree in Art Education from Anna Maria College. She later went on to earn a Masters' Certificate in Museum Programming from JFK University in Orinda CA. Although she taught art a few years after college, Sablak- Korzec put her personal interests aside in favor of marriage and career until 12 years ago.
'"It was when a college friend of mine and East Coast professional plein air painter Michael Graves, came to visit one summer that my inspiration returned. He brought extra paint, canvases, and brushes with him and we painted in Fairmount Park in Riverside one afternoon. We were both surprised at how well I did. He left me all his extra supplies when he went back to his home in New England so I would have no excuse not to continue."
Sablak-Korzec, who goes by her maiden name of Sablak as an artist, maintains a gallery in Riverside. She enjoys the challenges of plein air painting, seeking to capture those momentary explosions of color and shadow that nature provides. She seeks to interpret the beauty of her surroundings from the solitary tree to the expansiveness of of mountain ranges and canyons. She uses color expressively and paints with loose broad brushstrokes. She says "It is my intent to celebrate nature in all its forms."
Sablak-Korzec tries to never paint from photographs. "I find that if I do, I try to recreate every detail and leave no room for imagination or interpretation. A client once said to me that she would rather buy an artist's painting of a street in Paris because it is the way she remembered it in her mind. A photograph shows all the utility lines and trash on the sidewalk." She may use a photograph to start a composition, but puts it away until she is finished. Once completed, she then pulls it out to see if she has captured the moment and most often, she has remembered the details enough to have done it entirely from her imagination."