Patsy Hardie was introduced at a very early age to the world of art. Her God parents were owners of the Coe Kerr Gallery in New York and were major art collectors. Her stepmother was also a painter and exposure to painting and sculpture was a constant throughout her formative years. She began her sculpting career with Anora Aasen on the Cape where her semiabstract figurative work emerged. She then continued studying sculpture with Harry Holl and painting with Sam Feinstein, a former student of Hans Hofmann. Hardie is also a massage therapist and her intimate knowledge and interaction with the body is evident in her work.
“I believe that my whole life including the intense love I have for nature and form is what comes through my work. For me, art is an organic process. I don’t picture a finished sculpture – I take the material and allow it to offer me its form. What emerges is very much influenced by my visual connection with the organic world.”
- Patsy Hardie