About the Artist

Meet Patricia Vargas the artist and owner behind Parima Studio

Patricia Vargas
artist + owner

I'm an abstract painter who loves working with digital and mixed media primarily on canvas and wood panels. My pieces are "spontaneous-in-the-moment-color-adventures" recording my most recent thoughts, feelings, and inspiration.

my beginnings

I have been painting since I was 10 years old. Growing up I would often watch my mother create these beautiful landscapes and I was amazed by her talent.

Naturally, I wanted to be just like her and expressed my interest in painting. She bought me my first paint set and used it as soon as we got home from the store.

I remember creating my first painting on a small canvas panel. It had a yellow background with a simple vine of flowers (I still have it!).

After I had finished painting it, I ran to my mother to show her my grand masterpiece. She praised my work, as any good mother would, but it was enough encouragement to keep making.

I later graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara with a degree in Art. I began my work as as web and graphic designer.

But life has a funny way of redirecting our paths. After four years of doing design work for private clients, it no longer fulfilled my creative needs as it once did.

In 2012 I returned to my art, and decided that this was a good a time as any to pursue my life long passion.

I officially opened Parima Studio on January 22, 2013. It’s been a crazy ride right from the start, and one that I wouldn’t trade for the world.

Since then my artwork has been collected by interior design influencers, luxury hotels and homeowners all around the world. My work has been seen in both online and printed publications such as Better Homes & Gardens, Domino Magazine, HGTV Magazine, Design*Sponge, and Apartment Therapy to name a few. I've also collaborated with national brands like Anthropologie.

thoughts on art

As a bilingual, I always joke that painting is my third language. Not only is it a way for me to express my extroverted side (hello big bright colors!), but it is also my time to practice gratitude and being in the present moment. This is a practice that I try to carry with me throughout my personal life.

I achieve this by focusing on the art of making. Everything around me melts away as I focus on what I am creating and the tools that I'm working with.

I allow each brushstroke to become my inspiration. To determine where the next markings will go. Quickly and instinctively layering and weaving colors. Leaving the most interesting natural brush patterns untouched, while adding complimentary drips and shapes.

I never really know where each painting will take me, but like a good story, it transcends both myself and the viewer into a world of color.

And the story told in each painting is as unique as the viewer themselves.

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Letters from the studio

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