Patricia Hardmeier was born with an innate sense of appreciation for aesthetics and functionality. Trained as a Graphic Designer, her Swiss background guides her towards simplicity and minimal form and function, while her Argentinian background encourages her to go beyond the fundamentals and approach her work as an artist, unbound by rules and limitations.After a successful design career in Switzerland she returned to the United States to embrace the roots of art created by hand. She creates Mono Prints in a small studio on Main Street, Santa Monica, and loves to experiment with new techniques to create a wide range of imagery, figurative and abstract, representing her take on nature’s colors and forms, her feelings and experimental curiosity.Monotype is a special printmaking process made by painting on a smooth aluminum plate. Using a printing press, the image is transferred onto a single sheet of paper, destroying the original artwork by creating one single unique “Mono Print”.Patricia creates her Mono Prints by first inking an entire plate surface and then, using rags, scrapers or brushes to remove or apply ink to create a subtractive image. She uses oil based etching ink and prints on archival watercolor paper, which needs to be damp before the transfer.Each piece she creates has a different story and meaning for the owner, making it personal and significant.