Artist of the Week: Pat Cole Wilson
By Geoff Belcher
Aug 13, 2014, 07:23
"Snowman" by Patsy Sue Cole Wilson.
Artist of the Week Patsy Sue Cole Wilson, 87, was born in Vicksburg but grew up in Biloxi.
She studied fine art under Coast artists Aletha Clemons and Mary Ethel Dismukes and served an apprenticeship in photography and photo-transparent oil with McVadon Studio in Biloxi. She received a national award in 1983 for Best of Photography Annual for her hand-colored photograph of 110-year-old Hester Matthews.
“My favorite art form is Spencerian Script,” Wilson said. “I am a graduate of the Tamblyn School of Penmanship in St. Louis, Mo. I was instructor of calligraphy for the School of Gaelic Studies at the University of South Mississippi.”
She also covered the Pearlington news for the Echo “in the dark ages,” she says with a laugh.
She met her husband Harry at the end of World War II when he was transferred to the Air-Sea Rescue Unit at Keesler. They were married for 62 years and have two children, Michael Edwin and Patricia Elizabeth; four grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Patsy and Harry raised AKC-registered collies for more than 50 years.
“I believed they were the most wonderful animals on Earth until I adopted Snowman from the Waveland Animal Shelter 10 years ago,” she said. “He has been my faithful and constant companion. He saved my life when he awakendeed me to a fire that destroyed my home. two years ago.” It was the second time she had lost her home, after Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005.
“These losses have taught me the most valuable lesson of my life,” she said. “My needs are few, to love and be loved and to remember. I try to express this in my painting.”