Patricia Laspino received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Bowling Green State University in 1977, where she majored in Fine Art and concentrated her fields of study and studio specialization on painting, drawing and sculpture. After completing preparatory coursework in Biological Illustration with the B.G.S.U. College of Arts and Sciences, she also received an academic minor in Biology, with a focus on botany and horticulture. She later went on to master her skills in biological illustration doing post graduate work with the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
Laspino's artwork exudes a serene beauty that transcends style or period. She forges a harmonious relationship between art, science and popular culture. Nature has been a primary inspiration in Laspino's life as well as the focus of her art. She interprets a familiar floral subject, like orchids, but offers a fresh perspective through her oil paintings. She considers herself "an artist/scientist" as her work exhibits a strong fidelity to nature.
Her imagery offers an intimate view of the orchid, a close-up and personal portrayal of the sublime architecture of the flower. Her bold and concise views transport you to a moment frozen in time where you are truly in touch with the beauty and wonder of nature. Her intention is to create a sanctuary within her paintings - a place of repose and of peace.
Considering herself a composer in art, she carefully constructs sculptural compositions as the base of her paintings to entice you to linger and experience her textures which resemble fossilized flora and fauna. She then skillfully applies as many as 70-80 transparent layers of oil paint like veils, to illuminate from within.Through juxtaposing contrasting hues and shadows, she dramatically portrays the sublime and temporal florescence of her orchid subjects. Her compositions romantically illustrate the sensual forms of nature and are as compelling as the exotic species they depict.
Laspino lists several artists as being influential in her work, including Georgia O'Keeffe and her view that," the moods and qualities of nature and the revelations of great art are equally difficult to define; we can grasp them only in the depths of our perceptive spirit." Also the work and philosophies of Ansel Adams who wrote, If a man nurtures his sensitive awareness of the natural world with experience and contemplation, his spirit will remain young." Other influential masters include Titian, Henri Matisse, and Mary Cassatt.
Patricia Laspino's paintings have been exhibited across the United States and are in many prominent private and public collections. Her work hangs in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Botanic Garden at the Capitol, American Orchid Society and the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale among others. Notable solo exhibitions include the U.S. Botanic Garden at the Capitol, the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, MO and Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA.