Of Cherokee / French Descent, Patty was born into a family of artists and performers. Her grandfather was a performer for Buffalo Bills Wild West Show. Taught to carve at a young age by her older brother. Chief Don Lelooska, a renown NW Coast carver, he was her great mentor, inspiration and friend. Patty has carved since a child in a variety of materials. bone. wood, antler, fossil ivory. silver and gold. Adopted by the Swedid Clan of the Kwakiutl Nation of British Columbia, her work evolved as a NW Coast jeweler, Inspired by hte rich style and form of the mythology of the NW Coast, her work represents animals and images that represent that culture. Patty has exhibited at numerous museums and galleries during her career, including the Chicago Field Museum, Heard Museum, Eiteljorg Museum, Smithsonian National Museum of the Indian ( both NY and Wash, DC ) the Museum of Man, Autry Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, Brooklyn Art Museum, the SW Museum of Calif, the Sharlot Hall Museum and many other museums and galleries nation wide.