Dr Patrick Sievers grew up in Avoca, Iowa. He attended Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine where he met his wife, Lyda Denney, also a Veterinarian. 39 years later he decided to trade snow for sun and relocated to Wellington, Florida. Now living and practicing amid the top horses in the world, Dr Sievers and Lyda were able to cultivate their tremendous ardor for horses.
Dr Sievers retired in 2017. Although no longer practicing, he continues to participate in the equestrian community and competes his own horses during the Wellington Equestrian Festival.
Since retirement, Dr Sievers has explored other life passions. Combining his love for fishing and Asian art, he discovered and immediately was drawn to Gyotaku, a Japanese form of nature Printing. Gyotaku artist primarily use fish as their subjects. Dr Sievers, an avid fisherman catches his own subjects: such as snappers, groupers, barracudas, and triggerfish in local South Florida waters.
Gyotaku is the traditional method of printing fish. This form of nature printing was used by fishermen to record their catch but has now become an art form of its own.
The printer cleans, preps, and supports the fish to be printed. He then applies sumi ink or oil paint to one side of the fish caught. He then covers the fish with rice paper and rubs the entire fish to create an exact image of the fish.