Patterson received a Master of Arts and a Master of Education before turning full-time to art and earning a Master of Fine Arts degree. She taught in art schools in the Washington area, and her work is collected both here and abroad.
Recently, an image of Patterson’s piece, “Legato1” was selected to become part of a desk diary. The diary titled “Homage to American Women Artists” with an edition of 30,000 gives each of the 52 curated artists one week. The desk diary will be “used as an official gift by U.S. Ambassadors and other American Embassy diplomats to be presented to members of the international diplomatic community and host country nationals.”