Submitted by Samatar 11/26/05 11:21 PM GMT

This week, mesmerized was the clear winner of Artist of the week with four nominations. Please visit her gallery when you get a chance and give her a week to remember. Have fun Pat! Here is the biography Mesmerized spent some time compiling for our reading pleasure:

Pat: Hello my friends…to say I was quite surprised to find myself nominated as the next AOTW would indeed be something of an understatement. I was, in fact, flabbergasted upon first learning of this and still can’t quite believe it, especially coming fast on the heels of such artists as Paul, Nathan, and Michael, and with so many other members on site far more talented and worthy than I. Therefore, I can only say that I am profoundly humbled and honored by this recognition and ask that you please bear with me while I attempt to put together this bio for you at a time when I suddenly feel myself at a loss for words. I guess I’ll begin by saying that while many of you know me as Pat, my proper name, of course, is Patricia and I live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with my husband Bob and our two children, Adam and Ashley, ages 18 and 19 respectively. Within our domain also resides two ‘shady characters’ by the names of Bo and Peter…Bo being our 10-year old, all white, male cat, and Peter, our 11-year old budgie. When not eating or sleeping, Bo can frequently be seen tearing around our condominium at break-neck speed or expressing his peculiar aversion to any doors closed to him by pounding on them with both paws going full force. Peter, though admittedly cute, especially when showing off his impressive vocabulary, may be the least among us in size but certainly not when it comes to vocal chords that easily rival those of any parrot if he feels he isn’t getting enough attention. Imagine, if you will, that included in this mix is a very talkative husband, a salesman by profession, employed in the real estate field, and two teenagers with stereos typically blaring away and you will have some sense of the environment in which I often find myself. Is it any wonder I frequently seek solace in some park or refuge in this ‘wonderful world of wallpaper’ lol. Seriously though, my kids are my pride and joy, seldom giving me any trouble and consistently making me proud with their high marks in school. Both plan on entering university next fall, my daughter being talented in the languages and art, my son excelling in math, business, and computers. As for me, some of my interests apart from photography include reading, writing, guitar, religion, and herbal remedies. My early work history consists of various office jobs, in the area of administrative assistant, customer service, and switchboard…nothing too exciting there. The last 3 years or so, I have enjoyed the convenience of working from home assisting my husband with the administrative end of the real estate business…he hates computers…and putting in a few hours every week working for the Diabetes Association. With so much freedom and flexibility in my schedule, I often have lots of opportunity to ‘play’ on the computer and like many of you, first stumbled onto this site approximately 2 years ago while searching for some good desktop wallpaper. I was immediately blown away by the vast storehouse of top-notch images available to me here, kept coming back for more, and eventually became a member in the spring/summer of ’04, choosing the username ‘mesmerized’ to reflect my feelings on the continual feast of imagery before my eyes. Though terribly lacking in technical know-how, and feeling more than a little intimidated by the excellent work of the many fine photographers on this site, I was nonetheless curious as to what kind of feedback I might get so in time, I worked up the courage to submit my first images to the site, the first being relatively clear, but admittedly too small for wallpaper and terribly cluttered by way of composition; some being merely scanned images originally taken with a Canon 35mm and some with a Kodak Easy Share digital. Nevertheless, they were received with kind encouragement and gentle but much needed criticism. Well, to make a long story short, I became hooked on the images, the warm friendship I have found here, and the willingness of others to share their knowledge and help those like me improve with constructive feedback and many a fine tutorial I have since found and saved on my hard drive. In the last several months I have been using my husbands’ Nikon D100 and have been so much more pleased with the superior results that I want to keep it all for myself, lol. I will be the first to admit that I still have A LOT to learn, but slowly through trial and error I am learning what does and doesn’t work. Believe me, I have many ‘mistakes’ in my collection…so many in fact, I could keep us going for several more sequels to the “Breaking the Rules” contest, lol. As to how and when my interest in photography began, it’s hard to say really. It all started innocently enough somewhere back in my teenage years armed with a cheap Polaroid or Kodak instamatic taking photos of people, places, and events important to me and somehow progressed from there. As far back as I can remember, I have always had a great love of nature and a strong creative urge, which no doubt contributed in part. Some years ago I also had a friend who took some courses in photography and had a dark room in her home where she turned out some excellent black and whites, and while there are more than a few great photographers to be admired, the name Ansel Adams easily comes to mind after having seen a documentary on his life and works and thinking to myself, “Wow, I wish I could do that”. I would be remiss if I didn’t include the inspiration and valuable lessons I have learned since becoming a member on this site as a definite contributing factor in my growing knowledge and love of photography. Well, I started this by saying I was at a loss for words. It now seems I could go on forever, lol. Perhaps its time I wrap this up now by thanking everyone for this wonderful acknowledgement and encouraging others new to photography to keep at it. Don’t be afraid to share your images here. There are many fine people willing to help you improve. And guess what, there are STILL times for me when just as people here may be thinking to themselves, “gee, she’s getting good at this” and then I’ll go and upload one that really needs some serious criticism! We are here to share, learn, and enjoy. To conclude, my highest compliments to caedes and all it’s members for making this an outstanding community of artists of which I am proud to be a part. Pat.


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11/27/05 1:01 AM GMT
Congratulations Pat, I admire your work.
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11/27/05 1:03 AM GMT
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11/27/05 1:05 AM GMT
Yep well done Pat - a deserving nominee indeed

cheers - Phil
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11/27/05 1:09 AM GMT
Congratulations Pat.. you truly deserve the honor, your work is a joy to see and I have many of your work in my folder on my computer. You not only share your great work, but you share your support and honest criticsim and encouragement with all. So thankyou for everything Pat your a legend.. now sit back and enjoy the honor you deserve it.. (btw I know what you mean by seeking refuge from the noise.. lol)
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"I cannot change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination" / Jimmy Dean
11/27/05 1:10 AM GMT
Congratulations Pat.. Well deserved..
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One bead at a time
11/27/05 1:29 AM GMT
Pat ! This is great news ! Congratulations to you ! You have a beautiful gallery & not surprisingly, I have some of your images in folders on my HD. I love the way you look at things, from your Santa's house to your berries dripping water, you bring an originality to photography that I enjoy. Brava !
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11/27/05 1:39 AM GMT
Congratulations Pat! You certainly deserve this honor, you have done some very impressive photography. Enjoy it Pat, you're going to be very busy in the coming week. Well done, my friend!..=D
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11/27/05 2:49 AM GMT
Way to go girlfriend! I couldn't be happeir for you! I am proud to call you friend and it is a pleasure and a blessing to know you. Enjoy your week of fame. You have earned it through your blood, sweat and tears! :~)
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~ Mimi~
11/27/05 2:54 AM GMT
Great job! I love your gallery, you have some wonderful images! Congratulations.
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Start a trend! Instead of saying "Thanks for commenting" on someone's personal page...say thanks by commenting on an image!
11/27/05 5:09 AM GMT
From everything I can see, you deserve all of the accolades you receive.
Congratulations on an honor well deserved. I admire your work very much.

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Albert Einstein
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11/27/05 6:08 AM GMT
Congrats Pat, you definitely deserve it!
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11/27/05 9:58 AM GMT
Congratulations Pat , well deserved.
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have a nice day and read more fantasy.
11/27/05 11:35 AM GMT
Congratulations Pat, your bautiful photos definitely gave me lot of inspiration and brought me a smile on my face many times. Apart from your impressing artistic outcome that we can admire in your gallery (which is outstanding both in terms of quality and diversity) you were always so kind to spare some time to leave generous comments about my works, that I am so grateful for. I guess you really deserve this honour.
I wish you new challenges, new artisitc discoveries and let your sensitive eyes never be tired.

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Here is my gallery "In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous" Aristotle
11/27/05 1:54 PM GMT
Congratulations Pat! Not only do you have a wonderful gallery of beautiful images, you are very kind and generous with your comments and support of other member’s images. Thank you for being a valuable part of the Caedes web community and being a good friend to us all.
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View the world with your mind's eye. Mr. Russ
11/27/05 2:44 PM GMT
I warmly add my congratulations to this growing list, Pat. The progression in your work has been a joy to watch and you've always been ready with the comments for all others. I have more than one of your images in my permanent collection. You are a most deserving addition to our AOTW group.
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We make a living by what we get; but we make a life by what we give.
11/27/05 3:44 PM GMT
Hello Pat, I simply want to say that your INNER BEAUTY shines through your work and this is the true meaning of art! To be able to express this beauty through your art in a way that others are able to view it as you do, is phenomenal! When this occurs, the very substance of one's skills, their talent becomes so very outstanding, so special that it glows and becomes separated from those whose hearts are from their work!!! You are now the star of stage, screen and radio, very much where you belong! Have a great week Pat, and I will take my hat off to you with pleasure! Marilyn
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11/27/05 3:59 PM GMT
Pat! congratulations on your achivement! It'is a great gallery you have here, you desrve it.
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"Discovery consists in seeing what everyone else has seen and thinking what no one else has thought." Albert Szent-Gyorgi
11/27/05 4:44 PM GMT
Hi Pat. I've enjoyed seeing the corner of your world's beauty through your eyes. I've enjoyed reading your views on important issues through your words. I've enjoyed watching your talent grow. I've enjoyed hearing from you, working with you, and getting to know you. I appreciate that all along you've been genuine, gracious, humble, and supportive. You have always handled yourself with dignity and grace. I respect you as an artist, save your work, and enjoy it in my slideshows. But, most of all, I respect the woman you are and must add that I'm thrilled to see you as the first to represent the female artists here at Caedes with this well deserved honor. Sit back, put your feet up, and allow us to pamper you all week. Put that selflessness on the back burner and relish in it. You've earned it! Isn't it nice? ;)
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When you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance... Leanne Womack
11/27/05 4:54 PM GMT
Go Canada!

Well done Pat .. not in your acceptance of the honour, but in the earning. Your art, your words, your contributions all part of the equation that positions you justly for this recognition.

I'll add my simple congratulations to the midst.

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11/27/05 6:26 PM GMT
Thank you so very much everyone for your warm and wonderful comments...I have always thought of myself as one well in control of my emotions but must confess it brought a tear to my eye to see all these words of congratulations...I am very touched and appreciative...I also hope I didn't put any of you to sleep with that rather lengthy bio, wasn't until I saw it here that I realized just how long it had really gotten...I plan on responding to each and everyone of you personally but ask for your patience as it happens the weekends are particularly hectic for me and I don't get quite as much opportunity to be online as I do through the week...I can see that I am going to have lots of fun in the coming days.:Pat.
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FEAR is a darkroom where negatives develop.
11/27/05 6:30 PM GMT
More kudos from Canada, Pat! This is well deserved IMHO. I'm relatively new to caedes but have enjoyed your images tremendously, particularly that they are often nature-based. You have a great eye to go with your clear technical skill! Best regards, Dave (Ottawa)
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11/27/05 8:16 PM GMT
Congrats! Keep on refining your photography skills and you will one day make us all even more mesmerized then you ever were when you first came here. :) Many of us obviously have noticed you have come a long way already, but you can still excel even more I believe. ;) That's just my awkward way to say I like your stuff I guess. ^_^
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11/28/05 6:09 AM GMT
Applause, applause! Congratulations, Pat! I'm so pleased that you were chosen for this distinction! Your work is incredible and your friendly, encouraging disposition helps make this site one I enjoy coming to! Wen
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11/28/05 7:52 AM GMT
Congratulations Pat! I enjoy your work very much, your nature shots are amazing and I equally enjoy your helpful comments on my own pictures. A most deserving winner, I hope this week will be one for you to remember! It was great getting to know more about you and I'm sure your family is proud of you! My sincerest congrats again! Maria
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Is this burning an eternal flame ?
11/28/05 2:15 PM GMT
Congratulations Pat!
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'Study the past, if you would divine the future.' - Confucius
11/28/05 2:48 PM GMT
The AOTW heading is a good occasion to revisit your gallery (and to discover your 'A Copper Finish'), Pat. I must say you became one of the most talented artists here. Congratulation for this honor and thanks for your kindness :-)
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11/28/05 9:25 PM GMT
Wow, I read the whole thing, my big congrats.... :D
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11/29/05 12:36 AM GMT
You are a most worthy AOTW, Congratulations Pat.
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There are three colours, Ten digits and seven notes, its what we do with them that’s important. Ruth Ross
11/29/05 1:01 AM GMT
A budgie and a cat?! I can't imagine how that works. Congratulations artist of the week. I rediscovered 'a fire within' on my stroll through your gallery.
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11/29/05 11:48 AM GMT
I'm glad to see you getting the recognition you deserve, Pat. You've been an encouragement and an inspiration to me ever since I first saw your work and you saw mine. This site has helped us both immensely, hasn't it? Anyway congratulations, and keep trying to get computer time, so you can give us more of your wonderful works.
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11/29/05 4:53 PM GMT
G'day Pat,

Told you, you were getting too good...Have a good one, Artiste of the Week!
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11/29/05 6:17 PM GMT
Pat, I hope you enjoy this as I did.
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If you can't find the words, you may as well shoot it...
11/30/05 6:16 AM GMT
I dont have much to add to all the things the others have already said. I think you are a fine lady, a wonderful artist, helpful and fun........and I think you ought to become a writer too! You have a great way with words Pat....take good care and enjoy this time for YOU...because it shows how many of here at caedes care about you and enjoy I send warm hugs and tons of bravos your way today.....verena
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My part is to improve the present moment.....
11/30/05 4:13 PM GMT
Thank you so VERY much everyone for making these last few days a time in my life I will not luck would have it, work demands on my time recently haven't allowed me as much opportunity to be online as other weeks, so when I have been able to be here, it has been quite a whirlwind of activity for me reading and responding to all the wonderful comments and PM's I have received and the additional traffic to my gallery, even discovering some images that haven't 'seen the light of day' in quite awhile receiving some new attention ( I have yet to complete responding to all those gallery comments so please bear with me)...quite a rollercoaster ride of emotion too, I might add, starting with the initial shock of it all, many many smiles, some giggles, and yes, a tear or two, all generated by the heartwarming words of friendship and positive reinforcement of my efforts at have all been very kind...I have saved it all to my hard drive to savor in some quiet moment or during those times when feeling a little blue or needing a little confidence has all been a lot of fun and I now look forward to getting back to doing what I enjoy most here, that being viewing the work of others, whose artistry and images often take me to places I can only dream of...I also want to thank Sam for taking the initiative in creating this AOTW project, and like yourselves, anxiously await to see who will be next in the spotlight...once again, thank you all for your generous participation in my week of 'stardom'.:Pat.
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11/30/05 5:57 PM GMT
Hey Pal, COngratulations, You have a great talent and a great creativity. well deserved.
Best wishes....enjoy it!!! :)
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“Suspiros etereos se abrazan con un beso eterno” Enjoy My Gallery
11/30/05 11:22 PM GMT
My congratulations too! Couldn't happen to a nicer person. I admire your work in your gallery, and think you're well-deserving of this honor. Hope you have a great week!
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12/02/05 7:32 AM GMT
Congrats Pat, I can't think of a more deserving lady to be honored here as the first female AOTW. Your photos tell so many stories. I echo a lot of the comments that have already been made here. You are so kind and generous with your comments and the fact that you look beyond photography to see the beauty in fractals and abstracts, which is becoming more and more rare here says a lot about you as an artist and as a person in my opinion. I think you have the ability to see beauty in many forms of art. Bask in this honor for a few more days before you pass the torch to some other deserving soul.
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"Little dreams cost the same as big dreams, so why not dream BIG"
12/02/05 3:07 PM GMT
Yes indeed congratulations! the AOTW is a great idea and im always excited to learn a bit more about one of our amazing artists!
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12/02/05 7:21 PM GMT
I can't believe it...I am finally just today, all caught up with all the many comments both here, in my gallery, and the many PM's received...I don't think I missed anyone...if I did, please forgive me...I am not used to so much attention and found myself getting confused at times who I did and didn't reply to...boy was I busy!...the week has flown by and I now want to offer one more humble but heartfelt thank you to's been a blast.:Pat.
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12/03/05 6:02 PM GMT
You really deserve all attention´s my late congrats to you. I´ve not been active here much lately but I´ve seen a lot of great pictures from your camera the latest months. I feel your photography has reached a higher level this fall . Very well deserved nomination - enjoy your title !
-- Arne --
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12/04/05 12:28 AM GMT
conrads pat on aotw!!!
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12/08/05 1:59 PM GMT
Congrats from a proud fellow Canadian.....Jim

Don't cry because it's over;smile because it happened.
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12/08/05 2:55 PM GMT
Congratulations! Now back to creating more posts for us to enjoy. : )
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12/08/05 8:21 PM GMT
Congrats!!!! You so derserve it. You do exceptional work. Thanks for sharing all that you have so far and cant wait to see what you have in store next. Love it!!!!
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12/16/05 9:15 AM GMT
Please accept my belated congratulations on your well deserved artistic recognition!
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