Patricia Perry was born in Detroit. When she was 19, her family moved to Europe. She lived in Bad Homburg and Munich, Germany, and studied at the Goethe Institut in Kochel am See before moving to Paris for a year and studying at the American College in Paris. Moved by the work of Goya, Rembrandt, Turner and Blake which she saw in museums, she enrolled as an art student at UCLA after returning to the U.S. There she studied under Richard Diebenkorn, Irving Petlin, William Brice, Jan Stussy and Robert Heineken, receiving a B.A. from the College of Fine Art. After graduation, she worked at the UCLA Art Galleries and the U.C. Berkeley Art Museum for their respective Directors, Frederick Wight and Peter Selz. In 1976 she moved with her husband and children to West Virginia, continuing her practice of the craft of oil painting in studies and workshops with Gavin Brooks and Robert Johnson. She has shown her work in West Virginia, Virginia and Maryland, and her paintings are to be found in private collections in cities including Philadelphia, Pasadena, Annapolis, Washington, D.C., Warrenton, Virginia and Tyler, Texas. Images and the possibilities that they present have always played an important role in Patricia's life.