We had the good fortune of connecting with Patricia Saada Baumann and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Patricia, why did you pursue a creative career?
To begin with, art was just an outlet to unburden myself on canvas and, at the same time, help me navigate certain junctions in my life.
In my first group exhibitions, I remember labelling most of my pieces as ‘not for sale’. My paintings were personal to me, and I couldn’t imagine parting with a piece of myself just yet.
With time however, I saw how my art resonated with people and how rewarding it was to witness the connection they made with it. Whilst discovering the wonderful art communities in and around Dallas, I decided to continue fulfilling my passion, sharing my art and pursuing an artistic career.
Please tell us more about your art. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
As a child and teen, I used to love drawing characters from Snoopy, Lucky Luke and Asterix (Belgian and French comic strips) and others, as well as painting Sarah Kay imagery on fabric. My dream was to become an illustrator or a painter one day.
Growing up in Lebanon during the war limited my options to study art and I found myself taking a very different direction pushing art aside for many years.
After I left my war-torn country, I lived in France, Italy, and the UK, working in various industries, and using my love of languages to connect with people from all over the world. Along my journey of many episodes, the beauty of the multiple cultures I embraced deeply enriched my artistic sensitivity.
I took my first steps in reconnecting with my passion for art when I moved to Dallas 15 years ago.
Between family life and a corporate job, I somehow carved out time to join a variety of art workshops over the years. At first, I mainly experimented with still life and representational art in acrylic and oil paint, until I stumbled on abstract painting, a form that allowed me to express my feelings in ways no words could.
This newfound freedom to express myself using textured paint and a palette knife led me to intuitively project onto canvas my emotional reflections, bridging my past and present with continued self-discovery.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The week would be a mix of touring Dallas’ art scene from the Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Museum, the Crow Museum of Art to the galleries on Dragon Street, Nuu Muse Gallery in the Dallas Design District, Blue Dragon Fine Art, Art Gallery Pure in Willow Bend, Oasis Accents in Frisco and many others.
Depending on the time of year, we would take walks at White Rock Lake or the Arboretum and let’s not forget shopping trips to North Park.
We are actually very lucky to have such a variety of restaurants to choose from in Dallas! So, throughout the week, we may go to Rise No.1, Asian Mint, Hillstone, or for a quick delicious crêpe, The Whisk at Trinity Groves. Last but not least, the trip would not be complete without a visit to my friends at Fadia’s Deli and Bakery in Plano where you can find traditional Lebanese food and a variety of authentic desserts. It is my ‘go to’ for a taste of home and great company!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First and foremost, it will have to be my children for their love and unwavering support anytime anywhere, my brother and his family for believing in me and cheering me on at all my exhibitions and art fairs. My close friends and family overseas who have supported me in different ways throughout my artistic journey. Thank you all for being my number one fans!
Patricia Saada Baumann https://www.saatchiart.com/patriciasaadabaumann
Blue Dragon Fine Art https://bluedragonfineart.com/artist/prs%40bdfa2022/