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Patricia Missler

Multi-Media Artist and Writer

Patricia Missler

Growing up in a small South Texas border town, Patricia Alarcón Missler is a first generation Mexican American. Her early influences were her parents and extended family. Her parents were artistically inclined and passed on their appreciation of beauty. They instilled in her a deep respect for her cultural roots.

Missler graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a major in sociology and a minor in English. She worked for many years as a social worker before moving to Hawaii.

In Hawaii, Patricia immersed herself in all things artistic, including painting and writing. She and her husband, also an artist and writer, created, curated, and operated their own art gallery in Kona, Hawaii for sixteen years. They also designed and built their own home, tucked away in a native Hawaiian forest, further expressing their artistic vision.

It was there, that her creative nature flourished. She sought out and worked with many revered artists. Patricia gained an education in art by doing it first hand, unafraid to dive right in. She studied many forms of art in different styles, medium, and technique. Her exposure and training allowed her to develop her own sense of style as her work evolves. She is well known for her large abstracts and also her vibrant and whimsical watercolor paintings. Her collectors are now all over the world.

While still living in Hawaii, she wrote her memoir, published in 2014, called Pink Elephants and Chocolate Éclairs, Memoir of a Border Town Chica (girl). For many years she gathered with like-minded writers at the Daifukuji Soto Mission. These focused sessions followed the writing method of American author, Natalie Goldberg, of Writing Down the Bones fame.

“As an adult, it has always felt natural to write about feelings and thoughts, no matter how random. There’s a healthy collection of words I’ve written throughout the years. Perhaps they too will see their way into the world sometime in the future.”

“Since making the life changing move to the PNW, many more opportunities in the literary and art arena have appeared. It is a time of reinvention, enabling me to redefine and expand the vision of my own artist’s journey.

This expanded awareness has given birth to a revised edition of my original book. It now comes to you, a decade later, with a makeover and is aptly renamed Border Town Chica, A Memoir. The title change is more reflective of the stories within. The book cover has also been redesigned and a bonus short story has been added.”