Patricia was born in Lansing MI in July of 1944. She lived her early years as a child in Michigan, lived a few years in Florida, eventually landing in Oakland Ca where she grew up. She graduated from Oakland Tech, attended the California College of Arts and Crafts for a few semesters on a scholarship and then met a young man, married and settled down.
Patricia has authored over 100 books and stories as well as adding the stunning visual artistry to her books. She has been enlightening children and adults alike for 30 years while visiting elementary schools all over the United States and Canada. She shares her message of tolerance, acceptance, diversity, love and respect to children of all ages all while entertaining them with her lively personal stories. Patricia draws upon her rich heritage of mixed cultures for her inspirations. Stories like The Keeping Quilt and The Blessing Cup, Fiona's Lace pay homage to her Russian and Irish backgrounds. Thank you Mr. Falker speaks to her challenges with reading as a child and discovering her own dyslexia. Patricia credits many teachers in her life who have helped her become who she is today. An A for Miss Keller, Mr. Wayne's Masterpiece, The Art of Miss Chew, are a few stories showcasing those inspirational teachers in her life.
Mother of two adult children and two grandchildren, Patricia loves being with family when her schedule allows. She lives in South Central Michigan on her farm, Meteor Ridge, with her many cats, squirrels, horses dogs and goats. She is on the road about 6 months of the year speaking from colleges to kindergartens and appearing at book stores and conferences. Her speeches are legendary. Make sure to bring tissues! While at home she is in constant creation mode working on projects, drawing and writing.
Patricia has inspired so many with her stories and artwork for many generations. A staple in any library or bookstore, Patricia and her books are well loved by all.