Patricia Dusman – #HungryGhosts Art Exhibition

Patricia Dusman is an artist from Pennsylvania who has gone well beyond the call of duty in preparing a work for the Hungry Ghosts art exhibition. We  follow each other on Twitter and a week or two ago, I found out that she was pretty badly injured after she fell through a rotten deck. (Here’s a shot of her  before the accident, when she could still stand!)


Now I didn’t think she’d possibly be able to do an artwork for the exhibition, given her injury,  but she pushed through the pain.

And here is her creation, “Hidden Ghosts.” Isn’t it wonderful?

Patricia Dusman painting

What I think is so interesting about this artwork along with the gorgeous layering and wisps of colour (which are meant to imply Ramirez’s ghosts),  is that there are words and phrases from the novel buried beneath those layers. As Patricia writes:

“I focused it on the colors representing the vibrancy of Cuba more so than the more subdued colors of Canada. I used words from the manuscript in the layers of the painting. Some of which can be seen and the rest which is buried among the many layers.  It has a real depth to it. The center especially draws you in and the edges have veiled wisps of translucent color, the ghosts.”

This is one of those complex pieces that I know I’m going to love seeing in person. Thank you so much, Patricia, for  somehow managing to pull this together in time for the show, and all my best wishes for your speedy recovery.

“Hidden Ghosts” which is encaustic on panel, will be on sale at the show for $ 1600 USD. To check out more of Patricia’s beautiful work, you can go to her website.

As mentioned before, the physical exhibition  will be on display throughout the month of June at Cake and Shake in Hintonburg, in the centre of Ottawa’s arts district. For those of you who can’t make it to Ottawa, a digital exhibition of all the works included in the Hungry Ghosts Art Exhibition will be available online soon.


Patricia Dusman, an award winning artist originally from New York City and now residing in Doylestown, PA, studied printmaking and photography at Bard College. After a successful 20 year career in pharmaceutical research she returned to pursue art making full time. Patricia continued her lifelong artistic education by participating in workshops led by some of today’s contemporary artists where she discovered and honed her skills working in various media. She is currently focusing her work on encaustic painting and exploring working with wax in mixed media.

She has participated in art fairs, group shows and been published in international artist publications and exhibition catalogues. She was a presenter at the 7th and 9th International Encaustic Conference with her talks on encaustic safety practices in the studio. Patricia also recently received an award for her painting “Stormy” at the 85th Annual Phillips Mill Art Exhibition, New Hope, PA. Her work can be found in private collections in the US.

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