Seattle artist Patrick Ward uses traditional painting methods to explore the dark psychological arena of the human experience.

 

Inspired in part by the writings of Carl Jung and the ideas of contemporary philosopher Jordan Peterson, Ward's art is a leap into the subconscious - presenting the emotional breaking point as a critical moment which all humans meet at some stage in their existence.

 

Ward weaves mythological symbolism and literary references with delicately rendered figures. His emphasis on water stems - in part - from an upbringing surrounded by it - and also from water's irreplacable role in the livelihood of mankind.

 

Dark, reflective, and mysterious - Ward's work is sure to stir some deep emotional recollections in all viewers.

Photo Credit: Madeline Manalo