Patrice was born on a farm in Western Iowa and attended a four-room country school. The observation and tending of the earth have been an integral part of her life. She started painting at a young age using the little paint cups from paint-by-number sets. She did her undergraduate degree at Drake University and opened the school's first student gallery. After studying painting, art history, and art education she attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for her Masters in painting. She has spent most of her life painting in her studio, raising flowers, raising three children, coordinating community art events, opening galleries, and designing textiles. Her favorite hobbies are sewing, knitting and embroidery.