Patrick was born into a large New England working class family, in a small Connecticut town populated mostly by machine shop workers and various tradsmen. His father spent his intire working life in mahine shops. This sort of work held little attraction for Patrick. Like many children he had a strong attraction to color, which he never outgrew. The section of the encyclopedia with painting masterpieces was a favorite. Receiving a painting set as a gift began a life long love of painting.
In High School he had the missfortune of having a teacher who discouraged him from pursuing a career in art. After a few years of wandering, uncertain of what path to take, hes was drawn back to painting and entered a community college as an art major. He earned a Bachelors Degree from the California College of Arts & Crafts. There he studied with artists such as Jason Shoener, Mary Snowden, and Arthur Okamura. The work of the period after CCAC was mostly cityscapes, his palette was influenced by the work of prominent Bay Area painters such as Wayne Theibaud, Paul Wonner, and David Park. In later years much of his work was with pastel. These works featured layers of chalk embeded in rough handmade paper. The layering produced a partitive effect, many small bits color creating a mass tone. As a graduate student at San Jose State he began to experiment with this effect using paint. This led to some decidedly pointillist works.
In the years after graduate school, while teaching at a junior college in Madera, Patrick was diagnosed with a stage 4 squamous cell carsanoma of the throat. The treatment involved chemotherapy and radiation. He was too sick to work or paint for a year. After recovering he work to overcome the cognitive problems associated with chemotherapy, (chemo brain). The work that followed was dominated by the experience of the treatment. This work was therapeutic in it's own right. It combined multiple images in a new more experamental technique, heavy texture, airbrush, sculptural elements, and very personal symbols. More recent work has taken a simillar approach to the artist long time interest in earth science, and natural history. These pieces combine images of fossils, rock strata, and a topagraphical view with comporary, and personal imagery rendered with thick paint, vibriant color, sculptural elements.