About the Artist
Patricia S. Gilley is a Chattanooga native. She feels proud and blessed to have raised five children, despite experiencing domestic violence and other traumatizing circumstances. She says that motherhood taught her to be frugal and helped her to have the skills to survive on a fixed income. She comes to H*Art Gallery through AIM Center, where she started to make art in the fall of 2017. Art helps her to cope with her mood disorder. She enjoys copying the works of old masters, and particularly loves Leonardo Da Vinci. She considers Leonardo to be an inspirational mentor, who “went a long way, despite his past,” which is her own aspiration. She loves to paint and is excited that she can exhibit and sell her paintings through H*Art Gallery. Her hope is that her art will leave a legacy for her grandchildren.