Raised in Connecticut, Patty spent the first 18 years of her life riding horses, loving art and all of nature, and feeling a strong sense of
gratitude and compassion for all living things. In the late 60s Patty married her best friend, Dale, quit college, traveled America, and
experienced the challenges and struggles of war time and separation during the Viet Nam  years.  After Viet Nam, always defined by a
strong sense of family, life for Patty and Dale settled into raising three children on a small farm filled with animals, nature and love.   
Patty says, "Life seems to take you where you are supposed to go." Horses, art, and fishing wound their way around each other as Patty
began illustrating equine books, painting and sculpting commissions in exchange for horse training, and bartering with the farrier for
lobster Dale caught off the Connecticut coast.  When the children were small, Patty opened a ceramic studio named "Little Hands" for
the creative little hands of her children.  There in the basement Patty taught and sold ceramics at craft fairs throughout New England.  
Later the studio was renamed Fog Hollow Studio as part of the Naegeli's Fog Hollow Farm named for the valley where the farm was
nestled.  In 1980 when her  children were about half way grown, a call came and the voice at the other end said, "I understand you're
Irish."  Patty confirmed and the caller said, "Good, you've got a job."   It was as a Therapeutic Recreation Director in a health care setting
and it marked the beginning of a journey that would lead her to her work in hospice.  All along the way, however, she continued to
express her impressions of nature, life, the beauty of spirit and courage through her art.  She also returned to college and earned a degree
in art, as well as credentials as a chaplain, still illustrating, exhibiting, and selling her work and caring for people. Since 1997 Patty has
worked as a Hospice chaplain and bereavement counselor. "I love what I do, and I do what I love."  She considers her most cherished life
achievement her family, her greatest professional accomplishment, the ability to integrate art, caring, nature, and humor into her life's
work.

On the little farm, Patty and Dale use their beloved Percheron draft horses, Michael and Lincoln, to plow, log, and educate about the
benefits of real horsepower.  One of Patty's pursuits in the '80s was equine reproductive physiology and she shares her knowledge with
her connections in the equine world through educational opportunities. There is an abundance of quail, peacocks and chickens on the
farm, and Patty's Golden Retrievers, Anam Cara and Echo are always by her side.

Through the years a rhythm has developed to much of Patty's work.  Repeated images of the subtle details of living, often gentle, quiet,
mundane subject matter on first glance, is interpreted through the paint to express profound meaning as the viewer discovers how it
pertains to and influences what moves us along our paths toward peace, acceptance, and gratitude.  " What matters in life and in art, is
not the end product so much as the process - the joy of the journey, the challenges of struggle, the gentle gifts we are given if we are
open to receive them along the way.  We tend not to value the road we walk getting to where we think we are suppose to arrive.  Too
often we look beyond to an unknown destination and miss what is with us and where we are in the moment.  We are so busy seeking
life like a carrot dangling in front of us, and all we see is the carrot.  In my work and in my life I strive to honor the "process" of living in
every breath.  I have tremendous gratitude for animals and nature and what they have taught me about both life and death, about
taking time and being still, about gentle, conscious, deliberate, and reverent breathing. I have immeasurable appreciation for the
cherished souls I have met through the years of caring for others, for their gifts to me that far outweigh what I might have offered
them.  Our crossed paths have enlightened and enriched my soul.  And the experience has made me aware that I don't create for fame,
achievement or immortality.  I create simply because to create is a part of my soul.  When I hold a pen or brush, or feel , the warmth of
clay, it is blissful.  I know that in every day there is reason to hope, to find joy, to know love, to be challenged, to experience wonder".
 
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