Patricia grew up in Selkirk and attended Selkirk High School. There she was taught by the artist John McNairn, who inspired Patricia's great love for landscapes of the Scottish Borders. She studied from 1962-64 at Edinburgh College of Art before completing a three year course in Dress and Design at Queen Margaret College. Patricia taught fabric collage and creative embroidery for three years before starting her family.
It was when her children began school that she decided to paint full-time. Her work has been accepted by the Scottish Society of Women Artists, The Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour and the Scottish Artists and Artist Craftsmen. Patricia has also exhibited in many mixed and Solo exhibitions and has work in private collections.
"With my roots firmly in the Scottish Borders, I feel passionate about it's richly colourful landscape, rolling hills, patchwork quilts of fields, sudden dark shapes of woodland, the River Tweed twisting and turning throughout. With all this, plus the dramatic headland of St Abbs, only a few miles away from where I live, I think I am very fortunate indeed, as I find our coastline, and the power and energy of the sea a compelling and ever changing subject. My garden, set amid the fertile farmland of Berwickshire, is also a continuing source of inspiration for my flower paintings.I use all these factors as initial points of reference but my painting depends on instinct and intuition, always searching deeply for the emotional response, leading the mind beyond the surface of what the eye perceives. Certainly there is an element of chance but not, I hope, incoherence. Yes there is spontaneous gesture but also much inner debate and soul searching. Ultimately, working in my studio, the painting takes on a life of it's own."