In 2004 Patricia Mitchell started her artistic journey by giving up her corporate career and enrolling as a mature student at The Heatherly School of Fine Art, Chelsea to study figurative sculpture for three years. To pay her way through college she started to take photographs of her friends children. This work became more apparent than her sculpting achievement and after a while her photographic career blossomed and commissioned work became busier. She was runner up Geographical Photographer of the Year, and, over the years, her work was published in newspapers, magazines and journals.
Eventually, her portfolio was introduced to the British Army who then commissioned her to photograph a commando regiment on exercise in the wilds of Scotland. Her work was recognised by The Royal British Legion who then arranged a meeting with the Governor of The Royal Hospital Chelsea. Patricia was awarded with a 2 year
photographical Residency to document the daily lives and ceremonies of the Chelsea In-Pensioners. She worked tirelessly on this project, and this work and her interviews were then published by Merrell Publishers, ‘A Year in Pictures:
Following the success of the book, Patricia and her family moved from London to Hampshire where she embarked on an artistic sabbatical to explore other avenues of her creativity. Putting her camera to one side, she instinctively hailed back to her sculpting roots. This time - not using wax or clay but by folding, cutting, shaping and manipulating paper, exploring the art of origami.
Patricia’s unique style of paper sculpture has captured the attention of the art world.Her passion for wildlife, flora and fauna resonates through her work. From wild animals to dragonflies and bumble bees as well as Chinoiserie blossom, her inspiration has been drawn by her extensive travels around the world, mainly in Africa. Over the last 2 years, Patricia has evolved her artistic talent and is now creating bespoke pieces for interior designers, architects as well as selling her work through galleries and notable private clients.