Pat enjoys playing with fire, metal, and glass, and loves to invite others to play too. Hovering behind her quiet manner is a lifetime of adventuring from desert canyons to the pages of ancient manuscripts, from Colorado to the British Isles and beyond, from solitary studio to teaching and collaborations.
From her Colorado Springs home, Pat ventured to the Pacific Northwest and then England and Ireland, earning a BA in art from Reed College in Oregon and an M.Phil at the Central School of Art and Design in London, researching the lettering in early Irish manuscripts. There she was introduced to the miraculous alchemy that transforms dull sand-like powder into brilliant color on metal: enameling. Since returning to Colorado, she has taught art and art appreciation for many years, served as artist-in-residence in two national parks, and carried out private and public art commissions, interpreting landscapes and ideas in the qualities of glass fused to metal.
Pat’s experiences as a folklife center director, exhibition curator, calligrapher, teacher, writer, and itinerant artist come together in cherishing qualities in nature, culture, and people. When not in the studio, she may be found exploring ideas or backcountry trails.