Meadowlark Gallery: The Artist Biographies

Pat Mathiesen

Pat Mathiesent was born on January 15, 1934, in North Hollywood, California.

Mathiesen graduated from Hollywood High School in 1951, working on dude ranches and in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, during the summers of 1951 and 1952. In 1953, she studied at the California School of Fine Arts and the San Francisco School of Commercial Art, then worked for Western Airlines in 1955-1956. In the latter year, she moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where she became a travel agent until 1959, when she married David Mathiesen, a pilot.

In 1978, following a divorce the previous year, Mathiesen moved to a cabin in West Yellowstone with her two children. From 1978-1992, she divided her time between Scottsdale and West Yellowstone, settling in Gallatin Gateway, Montana, in 1992 until a final move three years later to Bozeman, Montana.

Pat Mathiesen has exhibited at the Grand Central Galleries, New York City, Kennedy Galleries, New York City; Tucson Museum of Art, Arizona; Mountain Oyster Club, Tucson; Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona; National Cowboy Hall of Fame, Oklahoma City; George Phippen Memorial Art Show, Prescott, Arizona; Montana Historical Society, Helena; and the Western Heritage Art Classic, Billings, Montana.

Reference works discussing the life and art of Pat Mathiesen include: Samuels & Samuels, Contemporary Western Artists; Who's Who of American Women 1992-1994; Arizona Living, 28 Apr 1972, 22 Jun 1973, 8 Mar 1974, 7 Mar 1975, 20 May 1976; Arizona Horseman, Aug-Sep 1972; Arizona Highways, Oct 1975; Charolais Banner, Jul 1976; Southwest Art, Mar 1981; P. Mathiesen, 1972, 1976, 1992, 1993.

Phil Kovinick and Marian Yoshiki Kovinick, "An Encyclopedia of Artists of the American West"

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