Patricia was a very talented artist who’s ability showed at an early age, as is demonstrated by this early drawing of hers at the age of two years 6 months. It was drawn on the back of one of her fathers cigarette packets. Unfortunately because at the age of 49 years she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s a great deal of her work was lost. In the ensuing turmoil.
By showing examples of her remaining artwork through this web site, it is hoped to share the beauty of her artwork also, the devastating effect of Alzheimer’s by how it robs the talent and the dignity of a person.
Patricia was aged 61 years when she died May 6th 2011, her journey with Alzheimer's was long and difficult culminating with her being bed ridden and unable to communicate for the last 18 months. Despite her battle with Alzheimer’s to which sadly there is only one outcome, her life is to be celebrated through her artwork and the legacy that she has left us.
Patricia attended school in Eastbourne where she won a scholarship for Leicester University achieving a Bachelor of Arts. Patricia remained in Leicester where she formed her own company “Nessling Illustrations”, sometimes working from the studio on a her longboat she divided her time between her house studio and longboat studio. Then in the early 1980s she returned to Eastbourne because of family commitments, where she continued to work from home as a “Graphic Artist” until Alzheimer’s robbed her of her ability gradually losing her depth of perception, the ability to tell time, the utter confusion, despair and frustration of forgetting what to do next or even where you are. But she never lost her basic gentleness or her compassion for mother nature and the animal kingdom.
It is through her artwork that she demonstrated her observations and outlook on life, as the cartoon story’s “The Interview” and “A week in the life of an artist’s Dog” depict. Although her artwork was prolific it is sad to realise that so little has survived.