Saxton Studio is my graphic design, art and writing business, and you’ve landed in the blog section of my website, where I wax poetic about art & design, writing, inspiration and creativity. Toss in some life & the universe and you’ve got it covered.
But how did I get here? Here’s some background on my artistic path:
Some things are in-born. How, when and even if we use what gifts we’re born with can be a mixture of circumstances, decisions, grit and passion. And I suppose we all have experiences which, when looking back, seem to have had a strong hand in shaping our fate.
In my case, it started somewhere around the age of 3, discovering a pencil and never quite putting it back down. That was the first clue.
Another play of fate’s hand was an early year spent living in Europe. My young eyes devoured castles and white-robed alps, tulip fields and wooden shoes, cobbled streets, weathered, old signs, and miles of purple vineyards. It was a visual feast. All the while, my mother told me “remember this” – so I did. Unbeknownst to me, the work of feeding my artistic spirit had begun in earnest.
A year later, in first grade, my first memorable “artistic moment” swept in when swarmed by classmates asking me to draw pictures for them. Most requested, next to a clown, was a drawing I did of a girl’s face whose main attraction seemed to be her swirly-whirly hair-do. This was very neat stuff.
As the years went by, my love for writing stories, for drawing and for painting was a constant. As a result, I had lots of practice, and won a bunch of awards – but despite what now seem like pretty clear signs, I wasn’t at all sure at the time just how these different elements would be put to use.
What I did know was that the arts were part of the fabric of my being. Much like my mother, who’d been a gorgeous poet, the moods, tones and textures of nature, and things that uplifted the spirit, would always play a leading role in my world of expression – and what little engineering genes I got from my father made me pay attention to details and nurture an ability to create sense from chaos.
Over time I’ve been putting the different pieces together. Shortly after college I stumbled into graphic design (a great blending of creativity and problem-solving). I worked for a big corporation before launching what would become a 25+ years run in my own graphic design, illustration and writing business. On and off, but for an even longer time, I’ve exhibited and sold paintings, and at some point I came around to combining the words and pictures into real live books.
And I guess I’d have to say that woven through all of it is a desire to create something of beauty, to distill the complicated into the simple, and to nourish both mind and soul. Ever evolving, I can’t wait to see what comes next – because in some ways, I feel I’ve only just begun.
Artist/author Patricia Saxton forms the core of Saxton Studio, a graphic design, illustration, writing and art studio providing some pretty outstanding creative solutions on a wide array of promotional efforts for Fortune 500 firms, agencies, small business and entrepreneurs.
Saxton is a Wittenberg University graduate, with a BA in English and History.
Send an email to email@example.com, or call 908-273-0050, if you’re interested in a magic touch on any of the following services:
• Brand Identity, including:
– Logo Design and Style Guides
– Website Design, Development & Social Media Integration
– Promotional and Collateral Materials
• Book Cover Design
• Copywriting and Editing
• Tutoring in Adobe Creative Suite
• Tutoring in drawing, painting, and writing