Meet Patty

I love my pink bike! It gets me to school  where I teach art to 700 creative kids and although it's suppose to inspire me to ride down to the farmers market to pick up fresh beets and strawberries,  that  hasn't happened yet.

I live in Goleta (a smaller community right outside Santa Barbara) with my husband and three kids. Being a mom of two teenage boys and one pre-teen girl is rather fun if you ask me.

They do stuff  I wish I did when I was play golf really well, sail in stormy seas and pitch a ball so fast it disappears.

As a young girl, my time was spent hunkered down in my bedroom drawing, painting and reading. When I did leave my room, it was to feed the horses or practice gymnastics. In fact, I loved drawing and gymnastics so much I combined the two and created my own imaginary gymnastic school called Greenwood Academy (our farm was Greenwood Farm). Original, huh? Who knew that thirty years later, I'd write a book called "Greenwood Girls" based on the stacks and stacks of "yearbooks" (loose-leaf stuffed binders, actually) that I created so long ago.

Yup. Writing and art is still what I do today.

Here's my family. Newt is sixteen, Tate is fourteen and Elly is eleven. 

Every summer, we leave our Santa Barbara home and fly East to Prince Edward Island. My parents and in-laws still live there so we have a good reason for coming back. Our little cottage-by-the-sea doesn't hurt either. There it is...the blue one in the middle of the photo.


  1. Hi Patty, I was wandering around blogs and came across you site. Lovely pictures. I like the montage.

    I thought that if you're interested in YA fantasy, you might like to take a look at ch1 of at my new novel, 'Lethal Inheritance’. You’ll find it at
    I’d love to know what you think.

  2. Hi Patty,

    I came across your blog when looking at images of zinnias - I love them and grow them too and have designed a greetings card which is very similar to your artwork!

    Seems we have had similar lives - I was a graphic designer for over 20 years, then I had children and I now design and sell cards on Etsy, and do a bit of gardening for local people and work in a Gallery!
    I also love printmaking.

    If you have time take a look...

    I'd love any feedback from you!

    Kind regards,

  3. Hi Patty, If this is the right person, I believe I bought your childhood home. I was recently renovating the basement and came upon some writing under the stairs! We love the property and my young boys are loving the linden lined lane. If this is your, let me know and I will send you a picture of the wood (I kept) with your name, Linda O'Connor, and Carolyn Webster?? All signed in 1978.


    Jason Denomme


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