Tribastone's paintings are about the life of objects and about the life those objects represent. The arrangements are not casual but of clear contrivance, and the objects, though still (morte), speak of the living. In "Crayon Vanitas," for example, the "vanity" seems to refer to a sensual love of line and color: a love not only in the present but recollected from objects of childhood. There is no memento mori here; the tone is celebratory, and the life celebrated in Tribastone's paintings is usually that of the living artist, be he/she painter, musician, or cook
But if Tribastone's paintings are about the meanings resident in the objects depicted, they are also about the space which objects create in their relation to one another. The objects give off a visual aura and seem to elide with other objects nearby. This is achieved technically by the artist's careful use of colors both complementary and analogous. In "Pittura Rustico I," for example, the complementary red/violets and greens pull the vegetables depicted into harmonious union, a union marked by the color of the copper pot in the background. "Serenata Misteriosa" and "Mandolin and Rose," on the other hand, appear exercises in saturation and value within a single color. The objects relate to one another because they are of the same basic hue. Tribastone's compositions lie firmly in a tradition eloquently defined by Mark Doty; they are "compositions in which the terms are reduced, and their import seems to lie not in plenty but in the poetry of relation."*
Pat Tribastone has exhibited extensively throughout the United States, winning numerous awards and prizes. Most recently , she was awarded a first place (oil and acrylic category) at the Hilton Head National Biennial Exhibition (2013) and the Dianne Bernhard Gold Medal Award at the Pastel Society of America's 2013 exhibition. She lives and teaches in Rochester, New York.
Note: Mark Doty, Still Life with Oysters and Lemon, Beacon Press, Boston, 2001, p.35.