Born into a family of painters, Michael Patterson was born in Hudson, New York, in 1953. Patterson graduated from Suny Purchase with honors, studying printmaking, painting, and sculpture. Patterson has been traveling and painting for over 35 years, finding inspiration wherever he goes. Having lived in France for several years, he has shown his work throughout Europe as well as the United States. Patterson draws inspiration from city streets, people at the beach, people playing music, and general human expression.
Patterson has travelled across the Americas and Europe, where his paintings are also held in numerous private and corporate collections. He continues to paint and create sculptures of stone and clay. His residence and studio are located on the Shepaug River in Roxbury, Connecticut, where he lives with his wife, Jessyka.