About Passiflora Mosaics
Artist Statement — Fred & Donnell Pasion
“Mosaic art is our ‘passion’ and livelihood. Our artwork is inspired mostly by the beauty of creation, especially where land and sea meet along California’s Central Coast. As a unique artist team, our partnership becomes a delicate balancing act, a collaboration of one another’s artistic strengths and weaknesses. Many have described our mosaic art as colorful, creative, whimsical, unique and inspiring. When we meet and exceed a client’s expectations, our ultimate goal is achieved.”
Fred and Donnell Pasion are self-directed mosaic artists, sculptors and instructors. They are also life-long Central Coast residents, born and raised in Arroyo Grande and graduated from Arroyo Grande High School where they met and later married in 1974.
Since 2000 they have produced a diverse body of work that includes award-winning mosaics, sculpture and found object art. Much of their work consists of one-of-a-kind mixed media pieces for private homes and gardens as well as site-specific architectural and public art installations throughout California. Some of their past work can be seen at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital Medical Office Building, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford in Palo Alto, Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera and at Camp Ocean Pines in Cambria. Their most recent public art installations were completed in 2021 for the city of Pismo Beach- “Wave Dance”, a mural at Pier Plaza and 57 small sidewalk mosaics for the Shell Beach Road Street Improvement Project.
Since 2004 the Pasions have also taught hundreds of hands-on mosaic and sculpture workshops at Passiflora Studio in Grover Beach and at Camp Ocean Pines in Cambria, making their art form accessible to thousands of mosaic art enthusiasts.