Mount Pleasant artist Patricia Fylstra started painting full time 10 years ago. She spent her early adult life as a pharmacist, with a degree from Purdue University, and later pursued a master’s degree in business ad- ministration from the University of South Carolina; however, a life-changing event persuaded the Pittsburgh native to pursue her lifelong interest in art. A Lowcountry resident for over 25 years, Fylstra is inspired to paint flowers from the beau- tiful gardens and blooms found throughout Charleston. “There’s something about how the light changes color on the petals and each flower has its own unique carriage that is so engaging,” she says.
The artist is also inspired by the still life paintings of the great masters in museums around the world as well as liv- ing artists such as Michael Klein, Daniel Keys and Nancy Hoerter. However, Fylstra’s greatest influence has been artist Emmy Bronson, with whom she has studied for over a decade. Currently, you can find her works at the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery located at 160 East Bay St. or on her website.