Edna J Patterson Petty

I am a life long resident of East St. Louis, IL. I am a graduate of SIU-Edwardsville, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and Master of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art, and a Master of Fine Arts in Art Therapy.

I am the mother of four children. My husband is very supportive of my art and my biggest fan. For as long as I can remember I have always wanted to be an artist, even as a child, although I did not know the term artist and what it entailed. But I do remember the warm, comfortable and satisfying feeling that I got every time I did something creative or had creative thoughts. Some odd years later, that satisfying feeling has only magnified. I know that my creative ability is of divine inspiration, because I dream art, I feel art, I get excited when I am around art, and through my creations I reveal my internal world.

Some of my art quilts have been published in numerous books and catalogues, and on a few occasions my art has also been on the cover of books. I know that my creativity have not yet reached its full development, because I continue to learn daily. I love to experiment with the arts and include found objects, photo transfers etc., to see what works and what need work.

My art quilts have been exhibited in galleries nationally and internationally, and I have been exhibiting my art – work since the 80’s and have had a number of solo shows as well as group shows.