|Mary Patricia “Patti” Hendrickson (June 14, 1920 – February 9, 2006)|
Patti was an artist who worked in many media, including casein, oils, pastels, watercolor and mosaic. She received the 1st place American Artists Award in 1953 for Madonna which was the first casein painting ever to be so honored. In 1955 she was honored again by American Artists when she was selected as one of 10 leading young U.S. artists to tour and exhibit her work in Europe. One of her publicly displayed mosaics is Moses on the Mount. It is made of cut glass and precious stones and is permanently displayed at Temple Beth Meier in Studio City, California.
She was a founder and past president of American Artists of the West, a fellow of American Artists, and a member of Les Amis Des Arts (France). A sought-after professional arts instructor, Dame Hendrickson taught at USC and UCLA. Her work has appeared in hundreds of shows in the U.S. and Europe.
Patti received much of her education at her family’s ancestral home in Seymour, England. She continued her artistic training at DeSales Academy in West Virginia and then at the Art Student’s League in New York City with John Carroll.
During her teens and later, she developed her talents as a singer and dancer. In November 1945 she married Alton Hendrickson, a Hollywood session guitarist. At this time she gave up acting and focused on her art. In 1980 they moved to North Bend, Oregon.
Honors have come in great number to Patti for her achievements in the arts and community service, namely Dame Grand Cross of the Sovereign Order of Alfred the Great, and she received four honorary doctorates, including one from St. Andrews University in Scotland.
As a humanitarian who recognized the often-unnoticed needs of others, she was generous. She also raised funds to provide medical help for handicapped children in Mexico and music lessons for blind children.
Information courtesy of Fr. Karl Schray