Patricia Beggins Magers

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Patricia Beggins Magers was born on Staten Island, in New York City. She received an undergraduate degree in art from Olivet College in Olivet, Michigan and began a career that included museum exhibits preparation, book and advertising illustration, and commissioned portraiture. In 2005 she earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting and drawing from Georgia State University in Atlanta, where she currently lives.

Inspired by extensive time spent in India, her recent paintings are an exploration of water as metaphor and reflection of her ongoing study and experience of Eastern meditation practice. The unpredictable twists and turns that happen along the way on a spiritual path are mirrored in Beggins Magers' working methods, which are organic and spontaneous. She allows the work to lead her where it will, incorporating drawing, torn paper, found objects, the written word, ink, beeswax and   paint of various   kinds to serve the meaning of  each  piece. The Chattahoochee River, which flows through Atlanta near the artist's home, has been an inspiration for her work. Particularly in pieces where images of water figure prominently, Beggins incorporates encaustic techniques and poured beeswax combined with oil paint to mimic the movement of the river, and to introduce an element of chance to the compositions.