Singapore, Temenggong   2000 to 2004

Pacita's Studio in Singapore was idyllic, nestled away on the side of Mount Faber, surrounded by tropical vegetation and overlooking Sentosa Island and the Singapore Strait. It also happened to be located in one of Singapore's historic "black and white" houses that were built in the 1920's.

The house may have been traditional, but Pacita soon turned it into an exotic palace fit for a Pasha, with her colorful paintings, tribal sculptures, handwoven rugs, cloth and tapestries from far flung places, and walls of lime green, lemon yellow, cobalt blue and deep purple. The house was a feast for the eyes. Pacita's studio officially occupied 20% of the house, but in reality like in all of her studio/homes, her artwork dominated the entire house, even the kitchen and bathrooms.

The outside was almost as lush as the inside, and was covered with more than 150 flowering orchids, flowering frangipani trees, multicolored hibiscus and an abundance of orange-yellow birds of paradise. It was a place that inspired Pacita to paint and was a therapeutic hideaway to deal with her inner distress, as she underwent incessant medical treatments during the last three years of her life. In short, it was just what the doctor ordered, and just what Pacita needed - just to paint, paint, paint while listening to the blues.