Born in Amsterdam, Patricia's life has quite recently changed dramatically. She used to be book-keeper until 2000 when she started the 21st century by becoming a fulltime professional artist. She moved to the Bay of Plenty in New Zealand in 2005. Since then her work has taken a new direction.
Although her style is often regarded as surreal, her work does not strictly fall in that category. Her paintings are apparently simple in composition but executed amazingly detailed and visually very dynamic. Her paintings have realistic elements, but above all an alienating atmosphere. Her works in recent years show landscapes and weird plant species which she calls her 'psychedelic gardens'. In 2010 she received a grant from the prestigious Pollock-Krasner foundation in New York.She was finalist in the NZ 2010 Adam portraiture awards, the 2007 NZ Painting and Printmaking Award and the 2006 James Wallace Art Awards. She was runner-up in the 2006 Tivoli Audio PAL Case design contest.