There is a touch of Peter Beard in the fine art photography of Patricia Heal. Each photograph she has created for her latest and eighth show at the Robin Rice Gallery in New York has been painstakingly handled to create a distressed image via the use of tearing, staining and applying archival inks before being stitched onto a canvas with horsehair. The photographs are of wild ponies found in Dartmoor National Park in Devon, England, where Patricia was born and raised. The exhibition is on until October 30, and will travel to London next year.
Which five words best describe you? Calm, patient, hopelessly romantic, quiet, thoughtful.
How did you get your career start and what path have you taken since? I was fortunate enough to get a job right out of school shooting in a catalogue studio in NYC. It pretty much dictated my path.
What’s the best lesson you’ve learnt along the way? Good things usually happen when you least expect it.
What’s your proudest career achievement? Going into business with my husband, who is also a photographer.
What’s been your best decision? Marrying my husband.
Who inspires you? Artists and animals.
What are you passionate about? My work and my life.
Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? Winston Churchill.
What dream do you still want to fulfil? Helping people less fortunate than I.
What are you reading? Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen.