The art of Haitian-American artist Patricia Brintle does not follow any particular school but rather flows from her creative muse, reflecting both her cultural past and her present experience. At first glance, her paintings seem simple, but further examination shows that each image is infused with complex symbolism. While her subject matter varies, inspired by both her native Haiti and by other places she has visited, all are linked by the richness of color that is a hallmark of her work. Regardless of theme, her colors remain dramatically bright, recalling the brilliant sunshine of Haiti and the ever-present color that pervades that particular landscape. Her style is as varied as her subjects, cast in Impressionist and Cubist forms, as she explores the universality of human emotions and experience that inevitably eclipse individual context.
Many of Brintle’s paintings carry real political weight, addressing such issues as nuclear disarmament, Holocaust victims, and the Haitian earthquake. All bring us to her ultimate goal: to “call the viewer to thoughtful reflection” concerning the world around us.