Born in New Jersey and raised in Columbus, Ohio, she has studied art at Columbus Art School, Stephen's College in Columbia, MO, Ohio State University and New York School of Design. Her studies continued at Wayne Art Center, Silvermine Guild, L'Atelier Du Safranier (Antibes, France), Beverly Street School, The Cape Cod School of Art and the Scottsdale Artists School. She has most recently studied with Joseph Mendez, Gay Faulkenberry and Kenn Backhaus. Patty feels that en plein aire is the essence of all that nature has to offer, capturing your emotions for an instant or maybe an hour or two. The presence of light or the sheer beauty of the moment must be recorded quickly. The coastal light of Maine, the South of France and California inspire her, and her passion for painting has been a perfect match with inspirations from her extensive travels. She also enjoys painting still lifes, and prefers to save these paintings for rainy days. She divides her time between Carmel, California and Virginia. Patty is a former owner of an art gallery in Virginia. Her paintings are in numerous private and corporate collections across the country.