Johns Island, SC
Patricia is a retired pediatric occupational therapist who lives on Seabrook Island, SC with her husband. Although always fond of taking photos, Patricia�s interest in photography peeked after she moved to Seabrook Island and found herself surrounded by beautiful nature and wildlife. She took her first photos of the dolphin in 2006 and hasn�t stopped since. She is self-taught but has taken several courses at the Charleston Center for Photography and has learned much from her peers.
She received her first award for her work in 2007 from Dunes Properties for �Carolina Anole.� She has since won several local club contests for photos and her work was featured on the cover of the Neighbors Magazine in 2011. She was published in the South Carolina Wildlife Magazine in March-April 2012 with photography of the dolphin strand feeding and in January 2013 and June 2013 in the Charleston Magazine. She received the First Federal People�s Choice Award for �Dolphin Strand Feeding Line Up� in October 2012. In February 2013 she received honorable mention in the Members Exhibition, Charleston Artist Guild, for �Great Blue�s Lunch.� She received first place in the 2013 Piccolo Spoleto Festival Juried Art Exhibition for �Heron Steals Dinner�. Her photographs have been used on educational signage at Seabrook and Kiawah Islands, in a Japanese children's book and at the Georgia Aquarium. National Geographic Channel published several of her photos to advertise �The Secret Life of Predators� September 2013.
She has self-published over 20 photo books and several are available for sale including: Wild Things on Seabrook Island, Dolphin Strand Feeding, The Colors of Seabrook Island and Dolphins From A-Z. Some of her work can be viewed on her web site at www.patriciapschaefer.com. Several of her works are displayed for sale at the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery. Framed and unframed photos, canvases and cards are available at several local shops and directly from Patricia or on the fine art america web site.
Patricia serves as past president of the Seabrook Island Photography Club and is an exhibiting member of the Charleston Artist Guild, member of the Charleston Center for Photography, and Seabrook Island Natural History Group. Besides photography she enjoys bird watching, gardening, reading and spending time with her family and friends.