Patricia Townsend is an artist working with video, photography and installation. She is also a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and a writer on psychoanalysis and the artist’s creative process. Her book Creative States of Mind: Psychoanalysis and the Artist’s Process (published Feb 2019) can be found here.

As an artist, she is interested in the interface between landscape or natural phenomena and the internal world of the imagination. She received an Arts Council award to exhibit her latest work Black Sun, Blue Light at Brantwood, Ruskin’s former home on Lake Coniston (Nov 2018 to Feb 2019).

The British Academy has recently acquired Patricia’s video work ‘On the Shores’ to join its extensive art collection. It is the first video artwork to be shown at the Academy. Patricia’s blog about the work can be seen at

Patricia has recently completed a PhD at the Slade School of Fine Art for which she interviewed 33 contemporary visual artists about the states of mind they experience whilst making new artworks. The British Library has archived 25 of these interviews and they are now available to researchers. You can read Patricia’s blog about the collection here.