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Patricia Van Essche

From her hilltop studio aerie, Patricia van Essche, better known to her clients, fans and followers as PVE, creates illustrations and art pieces which depict a celebrated lifestyle of colorful and chic homes, pets, events and more. Whimsical, lively illustrations are the centerpiece of Patricia’s artistry. She was born in Louisville, Kentucky into a talented, entrepreneurial family which led her to attend the University of Cincinnati’s renowned College of Design, Architecture and Art where, as a Fashion Design student, she was awarded the school’s “Golden Brush” award for excellence. For 15 years Patricia lived in Manhattan and traveled the world as a designer and design director for fashion’s elite Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and Liz Claiborne brands. She now lives in Westchester County, New York.

Patricia's Dixie Questionnaire

Special Place: My Art studio

Magical place: Fogo Island

Ideal dinner date: My husband

Power color: White

Favorite foods: "Big Salads"

Prized possession: Faith, family, friends

Inspiration: Wit and Whimsy

Favorite music: Jazz

Go to hostess gift: Always something home made, Cookies with a hand painted PvE tag

Hidden talent: My fried chicken, I was born in Kentucky!

Free advice: Start over

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