Patricia received a dual degree in Graphic Communications (BFA) and Biology (BA) from Washington University. She received her M.F.A. in Medical and Biological Illustration from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She’s taught numerous undergrad and graduate level classes at the University of Michigan Art School, including multiple international field-sketching courses from Costa Rica to Southern Africa.
She spent 3 years at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum as the Interactive Media Coordinator developing science-related educational programs for children. From there, she went on to a full-time, four year appointment with the Education Team at the University of Michigan’s Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichol’s Arboretum, as Interpretation and Exhibit Coordinator. There she specialized in graphic design, and scientific illustration for exhibits.
Patricia’s medical and scientific illustration has been featured in numerous solo and juried exhibits. She’s experienced in botanical, ichthyological, mammalian, entomological, ornithological, medical, and web-based illustration. She's currently the founder and director of the Scientific Illustration Consortium (www.scientificillustration.org) – a small group of science illustrators dedicated to providing the highest quality custom and stock images for education, exhibits, museums, and publishing.