Introducing: Patrick Hofmeister (aka WäDL)

Patrick is a self-taught multimedia artist, born and raised in San Jose, California. Homeless and undirected at the age of 20, Patrick found his life-path changing direction when he discovered painting while living at the Bill Wilson Center – Transitional Housing Program. His house-monitor and mentor Marcus Are encouraged Patrick to focus his creative energies and pursue his passion for painting.

Patrick’s enthusiasm for art is evident in all aspects of his life now and he credits Marcus, George Rivera and his mother, with his success in becoming a professional artist. Where there once was an aimless and misguided teenager, there is now a flourishing mural artist and sculptor, using his acrylics and spray paint to visually captivate his audience. And Patrick’s artwork is mesmerizing, grabbing the viewer’s interest as layer-upon-eye-catching-layer of vibrant detail is uncovered.  “I want the viewer to be as engaged in the viewing of my work as the work engages me in the moment I create it.”

Patrick with Exhibit

Patrick with his exhibit

We spoke with Patrick at the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, where his artwork is now showcased with three other artists in the Spiral: Art of the Street Exhibit. His collection of canvasses speaks of metamorphosis through organic imagery of moths, flies, darkness and light.

Moth & Lies


When did you know that you wanted to be an artist?

Patrick: I think it was when I was in 5th Grade. I was inspired by comic book art and a next-door neighbor who was an artist.

Can you tell us what your chosen media is and why you like it best?

Patrick: I mostly use acrylics. It’s what I have the most experience with. I like that I can work quickly with it and don’t have to wait hours for it to dry.

What was the most difficult painting you’ve done and why?

Patrick: I would say the large painting in this exhibit. I had to really dig deep and give some serious thought to the message I wanted it to give to people. I must have recreated the background three times trying to get it just right.

If you could have lunch with any famous artist (past or present), who would you choose and why?

Box of fLies

Box of fLIES

Patrick: M. C. Escher. I am fascinated with his mathematical approach and the precision of his art. My art draws upon his tessellation ideas is and heavily influenced by Escher and other Surrealist painters.

Where is do you find inspiration for your pieces?

Patrick: I write, and also I find inspiration in nature and macro photography. I like to study small objects (organic or inorganic) larger than life , discovering hidden details often overlooked in the casual glance. I often use those shapes or colors in my work.

What would you say is the most challenging aspect of being an artist?

I would say keeping motivated and not letting myself stagnate. It’s tough to keep going when you feel like you’re not progressing… that, and not being so hard on myself.

Moth & Lies

Moth & Lies

Pick a color, any color and then tell me what it represents to you?

Patrick: Purple. It’s my favorite color. To me, it represents passion and energy.

Can you tell us what preparation you go through to get ready to show your work in a gallery?

Patrick: Better yet, I can give you a photo timeline. It took a year approximately to get ready for this gallery show. I was contacted by the museum saying they needed a 4th artist for this exhibit. I was told I’d be given ¼ of the gallery space and to get started painting; they’d get back to me with a date once everything was organized.  It was a lot of work and exhausting, but I’m really proud of how it all came out.

You can see the various stages and of my work for this show in the photo timeline below.

Timeline of large painting

Timeline of “Seeker”

“The process of my work is very involved and varies in techniques, approaches and intent; it starts with a simple idea that I jot down (or not), then with layers, I start to build on the idea intuitively, almost as if the ‘work’ tells me where to go next.”

Watch a similar exhibit install video

How has having a creative outlet added value to your life?

Patrick:  It gives me something to strive for, something other than working an everyday job. It gives me confidence and I feel like I’ve accomplished something. It’s spiritually uplifting. There’s a satisfaction knowing I’ve made a collector happy with what I’ve created.




If someone were interested in seeing your art, where would they get more information about it?

Patrick:  If you live in the San Jose area, you can see my work until November 17, 2013 in person at the Triton Museum Spiral: Art of the Street Exhibit .  Online, you can view my art at my website,  or you can check me out on Facebook under wadlwadl. You can also see my work on Instagram at @wadl1.

Patrick’s work has been viewed in numerous exhibits throughout California. He also does “Live Painting” for fund raisers and commission work. Please contact Patrick through the sites listed above if you would like more information about his artwork.


Spiral: Art of the Street Exhibit at the Triton Museum, Santa Clara,

Spiral: Art of the Street Exhibit at the Triton Museum, Santa Clara, CA.