Featured Artist: PJ Patten

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PJ Patten is a New Westminster based visual artist who draws his influences from the ancient Japanese art of Haiga and the skate/surf/punk culture of Southern California. PJ was born in Japan and raised in Huntington Beach, California. He first got his start in the art world by designing images for skateboards and surfboards. He then spent ten years living at a remote Buddhist temple, where he apprenticed in both lost wax and sand casting methods for bronze casting, and in traditional and modern book-binding methods.

PJ has made a new life for himself including in New West being stepfather to two young boys. His current creative focus is on his graphic novel Tower25, an illustrated memoir of his time as a homeless recovering addict. This novel takes the reader on a journey of PJ’s mindscape while he sorts out and reclaims his life.

All of the images were freehanded with ink and colored using Copic Markers