Patrice's formal education includes an associate's degree for Interior Design, and later in life; continuing education classes in Sumi-e.
After a career in design, Patrice found a calling as a Sumi artist. She then changed paths to teach beginning and continuing Sumi-e painting at Tacoma Community College, as well as teaching many Sumi-e and Collage workshops throughout Washington State. Patrice has also been an instructor for Seniors Making Art where she taught both Sumi and Collage in Pierce and Kitsap Counties. Patrice has been a volunteer, teaching Sumi in the elementary schools in the Pierce and Kitsap County area. Patrice is a charter member, and past president of the Puget Sound Sumi Artists Organization, and a member of the Women Painters of Washington.