Written by Alexander Carioty ’16
A creative mind and eager hands are a powerful combination. Patrick Doyle ’89 (pictured left), a local artist, first experienced the power of creation as a four year old child. A child that scooped clay by hand from the bank of a ditch, a child that found the wonder in letting his hands pinch and form the earth into a tiny bowl. It was this experience that instilled a persistent and enthusiastic commitment to creating art, whether it was in art classes in school or outside of school.
Such a love for artistic expression and creation led Doyle to study at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University where his exposure to new materials, ideas and skills proliferated. Since then Doyle has made a name for himself as a sculptural artist, creating works for the city of Rochester such as Guiding Buoys, which will be placed on Mount Hope Ave and on the Genesee River as well as The Big Wish Glove, a 1,200 pound steel piece created to celebrate Rochester’s 175th anniversary (Photo right). Doyle states that he begins a new work when an idea or design challenge pops into his head. An evolutionary sketching phase follows, allowing for Doyle to work with and tweak his concepts. For a sculpture, a three dimensional model is constructed to examine design elements and structural qualities invisible as a drawing. From there, more modeling ensues on a larger scale until a final product is produced often using techniques such as cutting, bending, drilling, welding, grinding, polishing, which Doyle notes “are skills in themselves.”
Before Doyle further developed his craft at Alfred, he spent valuable time at Allendale Columbia School. In the words of Doyle, “My time at Allendale Columbia not only allowed me to take an art class every semester in upper school, making it possible for me to put together a portfolio necessary for applying to art school, but my other classes and activities gave me a wide and balanced base of knowledge and experiences which I still cherish fondly.” Accumulatively, Doyle’s life experiences have given him the insight to advise that “life is full of risks, but if you feel strongly about something, give it all you’ve got, because the opportunities that will arise will be more than you can imagine.” Pictured left is Patrick at the High Desert Test Site in Joshua Tree, CA, inside a sphere he built.
Alexander Carioty is a junior at Allendale Columbia School. He enjoys acting, hiking, reading and writing. Alex looks to learn lessons from anyone he can, whether it be Shakespeare’s Prospero or Bob Kane’s Batman, this is why he would like to thank Mister Doyle for the insight as well as the experience this opportunity has been.