Pat Dolan © 2017

Pat Dolan © 2017

My job as an artist is to give a voice to the voiceless; the endangered animals, birds and their habitats as well as giving the viewer an opportunity to tap into his or her own memories of their ancestral roots and wisdom. 

When I draw these animals, I feel their essence coming through my hands. This is expressed in the energy of my mark making. I feel the animals in my work are visual prayers asking the viewer to remember that once they felt a deep connection to these sentient beings.

My art practice in various media including pastel, sumi ink, gouache, encaustic, has lead me to sacred sites and indigenous cultures around the world, My studies and experiences of spiritual practices are interwoven into my artwork. I hold a master’s degree in visual arts from the Institute of Design, Chicago. Later in life, I graduated from the Three-year Program of Advanced Initiations in Shamanism and Shamanic Healing with Michael Harner. I have taught art for thirty years and has exhibited and sold my work nationally.

Besides teaching at The Drawing Studio, I am co-founder of ArtMoves, an outreach program for vulnerable populations that incorporates art and movement. 

I recently published my first book Stalking the Sacred, a “powerful and evocative memoir that follows the story of one woman’s quest to understand what comes after death and in the process discovers how to connect to the spirit world.”