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Artist's Statement and Biography


Although I lived in Wisconsin until I was 24, I grew up in Berkeley, California, taking on the perspective of many of the people in that fascinating city. I started out as a middle school teacher in Pleasant Hill, a community near Berkeley. Leaving the teaching profession in 1969, I went to the University of California. This was a dream come true, and I graduated with a Masters of Library Science in 1970, before computers! I landed a plum job as the reference and cataloging librarian at the university's business library. While in this job, I also taught a course in bibliographic research for undergrads through UC's library school, and was one of the authors of a textbook for this course. I was experiencing the wondrous diversity of the city of Berkeley and the conservative, tightly knit academic world. Berkeley culture, with its outspoken community leaders, its diverse religious subtext, and colorful street life, seemed a lot more interesting than university life. I wanted to see how I could fit into an alternative lifestyle and to understand those who were so committed to this way of living.

While working at UC-Berkeley, the holistic health movement was taking off. I was very interested in the possibilities put forward by the personal growth movement. Being a proper Berkeley resident, I had a psychotherapist, and began to explore other holistic health modalities, especially massage. I gave up the library position for another adventure -- being the housemother of an English language school for Japanese students who came to Berkeley to study English for three months at a time. I loved getting to know these students and Japanese culture. However, at the end of this year of work -- I lived with the students -- it was a 24/7 job -- I badly need many massages. A friend and I learned how to give massage by practicing on each other. We discovered that we were very good at this, and this was the start of a new career for both of us. I continued for another 15 years, embedding myself in the holistic health movement that was growing rapidly in Berkeley in the 1970s. My primary mentor was Patricia Sun, a consciousness teacher, who became a client for 15 years. Patricia taught me what she knew about energy work and the relationship between the mind, body and spirit. These were fascinating, very rich years. I had a new career, was considered to be one of the best massage therapists around, and was becoming part of the Berkeley culture, maybe a hippie, even. What could be better?

These years were rich in experience, but not in terms of money. In the 1970s and 80s, massage was looked on as a front for prostitution. Holistic massage was not well understood. After 15 years, living from hand to mouth while saving the world one massage at a time, I no longer felt I was on a romantic adventure. Financial realities struck me like a sword in the heart. I moved to Florida, partly because I loved the ocean, and partly because I had a sense that I could salvage myself financially there. I became the director of a branch campus library for Florida Atlantic University, and stayed there until retirement in 2004. Florida was lovely -- ocean breezes, warm water, Olympic-size swimming pools, long walks on the beach, solid employment, hurricanes... Well, I left Florida in 2005, after we had four hurricanes in a row and moved to the mountains of North Carolina, where we've not had one hurricane. I also found that, although academia had much to offer, the academic world was still not the right place for me.

During the years in Berkeley, I was a painter, learning by doing, taking classes, and looking forward to the time when I could be an artist full time. In North Carolina, I've been able to fulfill this dream. Physically, this is a beautiful area in which to be an artist. There are also many arts organizations that support local artists, and I've enjoyed being accepted by several of these organizations. I have exhibited in local galleries, participated in several group shows and have sold a modest number of photographs.

I have come full circle. In Berkeley, I was drawn into understanding my unconscious through massage, various therapies, and the fascinating culture of that area. In Florida, I struggled with the contradictions in myself brought about by being a healer and artist in academia. In North Carolina, I am going deeper into understanding who I am in present day culture through my art, while continuing to explore holistic modalities. We are living in a global world now. I have found many people here who understand who I am who are also deepening their understanding of themselves globally and in this part of the Bible Belt. All these experiences have helped me to grow in ways I did not expect.  I am still very much an artist and a healer, which I hope is expressed in my work.

As a travel companion, the camera notices light and shadow, stories in the surroundings and intriguing compositions. Western North Carolina inspires me to travel with my camera. Digital photography requires carrying out the technical demands of camera, computer and editing software, as if putting together an elaborate puzzle to create a beautiful image. I’ve been a student of photography since 1998.

In painting, I may have a simple idea when starting a piece, but I enjoy this work the most when there is no thought of technique or of a final image. It is painting in the wild, and it is an adventure to step back to view a creation that came from a place I did not know was there. I’ve taken a few very instructive classes over the last thirty years, but painting teaches the most when I am as free as possible with the materials.

1964: B.A. University of Wisconsin, Madison. Major: Political Science. Minor: English.
1966: B.Ed. Wisconsin State University, Whitewater. Secondary Education, Social Sciences and English.
1967: Received California Lifetime Secondary Teaching Credential, Social Sciences and English, from San Jose State College (now San Jose State University), San Jose, California.
1967 – 1969: Middle School Teacher, Mount Diablo School District, Concord, CA. Social Sciences and English.
1970: M.L.S. University of California, Berkeley. Emphasis on children's literature.
1970-1974: Librarian and library instructor, University of California, Berkeley. Taught undergraduate course in library research skills. Reference and cataloging librarian at UC Berkeley's business library.
1975/76: Housemother, Berkeley Institute, English language school for Japanese, Berkeley, CA. Managed the building in which the students lived; organized programs so that students would have opportunities to speak English outside of class time.
1976: Began painting with acrylics.
1972 – 1987: Self-employed massage therapist and massage instructor, Berkeley, CA.
1982-1986: Exhibit sales and management, San Francisco County Fair
1987 – 91: Health insurance sales, San Francisco, CA and Boca Raton, FL.
1992 – 2004: Branch campus library director, Florida Atlantic University, Jupiter, FL. Supervised library staff of a quickly growing library. As the library grew and moved to a permanent location, participated in the development of the collection, staff and new library building. These changes occurred during the information technology revolution in libraries. Teaching computer skills and library research skills was a vital part of these years.
1998: Began study of photography by taking a film photography class at Palm Beach Community College.
2001: Purchased first digital camera. Took a variety of classes at Palm Beach Photographic Center.
2004 to present: Artist (photography, water media).  I have taken painting instruction from local artists and online.

2014: Xanadu Gallery Art Marketing Mentorship Program, led by Jason Horejs.

Roshaven, Patricia, "Waiting," Around the World with TPN, edited by Troy Feener and Sarah Clarehart. Travel Photographers Network, 2008, photograph, (no page numbering).
Roshaven, Patricia, "Woodpecker," Fresh. #1/3, Fall 2010, cover photograph.



-- Cradle of Forestry Appalachian Spring photography exhibit, 2005.

-- North Carolina Mountain State Fair, 2005.

-- Masters Mystery Art Show, 2005 and 2006, in Miami in conjunction with Miami Basel.

-- Canterbury Faire in Tryon, N.C, July 2006.

-- Tryon Fine Arts Center, Tryon, NC, June 15-July 31, 2006.

-- Tryon Fine Arts Center, Tryon, NC, June, 2007.

-- "Dragonfly" awarded 2007 Print of the Year by the Carolina Camera Club.

-- Kaplan Auditorium, Henderson County Public Library, May, 2007.

-- Florida Atlantic University's Jupiter Campus Library, January 2008.

-- Tryon Fine Arts Center, June 2008.

-- Asheville Airport Gallery, July 26 - Oct. 12, 2010.

-- Kiveo, 78 N. Trade St., Tryon, NC., November 2010 to March 2011.

-- Henderson County Library, Kaplan Auditorium, January 2011.

-- Hendersonville Co-op, June 2011.

-- Spartanburg County Human Resources, August-September, 2011.

-- Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg, SC., September-November, 2011 and February 2018.

-- Studio show, Nov. 12, 2011.

-- Town of Columbus, NC, Arts and Crafts show, December 2011.

-- St. Luke's Hospital, February - June 2012.

-- Art Trek Tryon, May 4-6, 2012.

-- Upstairs Artspace, May 4-May 19, 2012.

-- Asheville Airport Gallery, Sept. 7, 2012 - Jan. 7, 2013.

-- Saatchiart.com, 2013 -

-- Upstairs Artspace, Jan. 31 - March 13, 2014

-- Tryon Fine Arts Center/Carolina Camera Club, June, 2012 - 2017.

-- Tryon Painters and Sculptors, Nov. 19-Dec. 20, 2014 and January 17 - March 2, 2015.

-- Museum of Modern Art, New York, In the Studio: Art by MOMA's Online Learning Community, Jan. 5-22, 2018.




Kussrow, Paul G. and Patricia Roshaven. (1996) "A Case for Treating Library Researchers Differently." In Research and Reflection [online], v. 2, #2, December, pp 1-6.

Methods of Library Use: Handbook for Bibliography I by Bruce Johnson, William Lee, Patricia Roshaven and Maryly Snow. School of Library Science, University of California, Berkeley. 1976.

Eric Document 129340.

Roshaven, Patricia and Rudy Widman, "A Joint University, College and Public Library," Resource Sharing and Information Networks, v. 15, #1/2, 2001, p. 67. Also published in Joint Use Libraries, edited by William Miller and Rita Pellen, Haworth Press, 2003.

Editor, library newsletter, 1992-2004.




Academy of Ubiquitous Communication Educators International (AUCEi). Emeritus member and Founding Fellow, 2010 -.

Carolina Camera Club, 2005-2009, 2012 -

Hendersonville Camera Club, 2006 - 2013. Steering Committee member, 2010.

Spartanburg Artists' Guild, 2011 - .

Tryon Painters and Sculptors, 2014 - 2015.

Upstairs Artspace, 2012 - 2016.




Oct. 2011 - 2012, English as a Second Language (ESL) tutor, Blue Ridge Literacy Council, Hendersonville, NC.

I am an organic gardener, growing vegetables and flowers at my home in Columbus, North Carolina. Not a bad cook, either.