Pat Steele was the nom de plume of Patricia Steed, born in Brighton in the United Kingdom. Her paintings express the felicity and wholesomeness that she had in her heart. They often depict smiling farm-yard animals, chickens, cows, donkeys, a heard of sheep, always with at least one mischievous black sheep in the middle and then the more exotic animals, elephants, zebras, hippopotamuses, tortoises etc., always in very human attire or composure.
Her other favourite is Queen Elizabeth I, with a sombre expression and her magnificent regal gowns and finely embroydered collars, of which she has painted many a portrait, each one very different from the other.
You would always find her smiling, hospitable and forever ready to help anyone in need. Pat lived with her cats and dogs in her naif little house, all seeming to have just stepped out of one of her paintings. A critic (Manuela Fraire) once said: "Her paintings, which she herself ironically described as kitchen paintings are small masterpieces of playful understatement".
Pat lived in San Pantaleo, which is a delightful little town nestling in the
mountains just close to Porto Cervo in Sardinia, first "discovered" by
artist Olaf Christensen and Eliane in the '60s and more recently under Pat's influence, has very
much become a refuge place for many artists and eccentric foreigners.
This home became a focal point for all Costa Smeralda visitors to San Pantaleo, where Pat occasionally would sell one of her most sought after paintings. Pat had numerous illustrious friends, including Lady Dufferin, who often invited her to cocktails with Queen Elizabeth II. Pat's companion was George Von Lowenstein, a noble and cultured Polish gentleman.
Copyright L. Camillo 2016