Pat Carman finds his muse
IT is true that you are a part of everyone you meet, and I am really glad I met Pat Carman.
It all started when I picked up the phone one afternoon and a gravely soft-spoken voice told me he wanted to do a story to set the facts straight about his life at present.
At dusk that afternoon I set out in search of the artist who now calls the Lockyer Valley home.
As I sat on his couch for two hours, he regularly dug into a weathered bag of White Ox tobacco.
He then proceeded to tell me about his road to recovery, bouncing back from a divorce that shattered his foundations and robbed him of millions as well as much of his life's work.
He is far removed from that image that haunts him like a shadow and Pat is making a comeback to the world of art after the long-winded divorce.
The surrealist painter and sculptor's latest muse is making easels, for the painting themselves, are not the only work of art.
He even incorporates leather into the pine structures, making each one a masterpiece with an artist's touch and it is evident his keen eyes have run over every detail.
After withholding media attention for about four years Pat, 62, is looking to start teaching in local workshops to find the hidden artistic talents of those in the Lockyer Valley and bring them to the fore.
“I'm happy to teach,” he said as he brushes his ginger wiff of hair to one side.
“I have seen that many different paintings in the area and I want them to learn properly. I am not out to make money.
“I am making the easels ready for exhibition – it is something that doesn't exist.”
“Art's a special thing; it's like a disease and when it gets to you, it takes you with it,” Pat said.
“If you paint the norm you won't get looked at.”
As Pat rediscovers art the next thing he would like to get back into is his sculpture.
“Just last week the Great South East were trying to contact me,” he said.
If you know of a shed or space for Pat to teach students, please contact 5462 2266.