Pat Coker was born in Laramie, Wyoming. When she was 16 she moved with her family to the small town of Rolla in Missouri. Rolla (now Missouri University of Science and Technological), but it was Pat’s life that was changed the most. The move from the grand beauty of Wyoming plains and mountains to the astonishing beauty of the valleys and fall foliage of the Ozark Mountains forests furthered her desire to be able to paint what she saw.
Pat’s original interest in art started with the other artists in her family. Her grandmother was an accomplished pen and ink artist and her mother repaired frames for Museums all over the country while her father designed and crafted wood furniture. Pat’s formal art education began at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She then went on to earn a Master’s Degree in education from Antioch University and subsequently taught art for many years, both in Ohio and Arizona.
After her 2 sons were on their own paths in life, she and her husband, Terry, moved back to Sierra Vista, where she started teaching in middle school. After retiring from education, she started painting full time and specializes in landscapes and canine portraits. She is now expanding her interest to include surrealism and abstract paintings in both water color and acrylic. She has also gained an appreciation of the photographic arts (particularly when they are photographs of her 2 Grandchildren). She is enjoying her time with her husband and 2 dogs, while painting and traveling around the great state of Arizona and the western U.S. She looks forward to all challenges that come her way.