Paper / Mixed Media

Artist's Books

I'm interested in the aesthetic of color, texture, and form and its potential to communicate universal messages of the past and present. I create one of a kind rare handbound-books and altered books from discarded hardbound books, discarded fabrics, found objects, and mixed media. 

Each book depicts poetic narratives I use unpredictable images, textures, and forms juxtaposed with hand stitching, gold-painted words, and found objects.


Artists like Joseph Cornell, Betye Saar, Nick Bantock are some of my inspirations for my artist's books. Other artists that maintained a sketchbook over the years to record their experiences, thoughts, and observations like Leonardo Davinci, Jean Michel Basquiat, Frida Khalo to name a few.

My artists' books are collected by private collectors and Universities.

Artist's Books

Cloth/Mixed Media

Maria Patino
From the Ashes, 2019
10 x 8 x 1 inches
Total book pages: 16
Multimedia on cloth

Maria Patino

The ground where she once stood, 2020 
9.5 x 10.5 x 1 inch
Total book pages: 24
Multimedia on cloth

Soft Pocket Book Assemblages 


Assemblages from Soft Pocketbooks


In 2013, I was honored to have my artwork published by Cloth, Paper Scissors. “I was there” series of shadow boxes were inspired by human migration, intimacy with nature and changes in time.