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Pat Paxson was born in Philadelphia, raised in the mid-west and later Philadelphia, is a Swarthmore College graduate, and then lived in London for over 20 years, until 2008 when she and her husband returned to live in the U.S.

Pat has been a painter for 15 years, receiving an M.A. in ‘Drawing in Fine Art Practice’ in 1998 from Wimbledon School of Art in London, and in 2004 gaining a doctorate in Visual Art (combined practice and theory) from Goldsmiths College, University of London. Written work for the Ph.D. is focused on ideas about the interaction of perception and unconscious processes (exploring a theoretical basis for the idea of intuition), inspired by the work of Sigmund Freud, Jacques Lacan, Anton Ehrenzweig and others.