Patricia knew she would be an artist at the age of four when she won her first prize for a crayon drawing of a clown. Her mother, at first not recognizing her inborn Artistic Genius, earlier had crumpled the drawing and thrown it away. Patricia fished out, smoothed out and took her precious clown to her preschool teacher, who framed and entered it into a competition where it won a shiny ribbon. At that point the die was cast with that first validation for her work, despite its wrinkles.
Also as a young child Patricia would collect bits of colored glass (aka trash) in a treasure box, as she was mesmerized by their jewel tones. And instead of playing with bought toys, Patricia designed and made many of her doll clothes, furnishings, toys and games, and spent hours spinning fanciful stories with a friend. All this foreshadowed what was to come.
In elementary school Patricia and one classmate were the first children in the history of Prince George's County in Maryland to skip a grade (third). In high school, though many subjects interested her, it was the arts that captured her. At age 12 she wrote her first song; at 15 she signed her first recording contract as part of a folk duo and cut her first record at 16.
In her senior year she spent 4 periods in the art studio, graduating first in her class of 525 with a highest-possible 4.0 GPA. With music and art filling her teen years she knew she would be an artist of some sort as an adult. Her parents, concerned that she would starve to death as a musician, strongly suggested that she attend college. So she enrolled at the San Francisco Academy of Art College which had a cooperative BFA program with Lone Mountain College, because visual art was SO much more stable and secure than music... It was in her senior year of college that she switched from painting to glass art.
Staying true to her passion for all the arts, she spent some time at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco as a prop artist, then moved on to making props and costumes for Beach Blanket Babylon Goes to the Stars, San Francisco's longest running and most beloved musical revue. Later she moved to New York where she managed one of Long Island's best stained glass studios, working as their designer and primary glass cutter. But music continued to call to her. In 1984 Shih Enterprises, Inc. was formed to encompass all Patricia's creative endeavors.
Fast forward to the present; Patricia still creates beauty and meaning in whatever medium moves her. Her art and glass work are in private collections around the US, and her original music has traveled around the world, being performed and recorded by countless musicians in many countries. She strongly believes in arts in education and has spent more than 3 decades performing for students in schools throughout the US. She also presently teaches a portrait class at the Art League of Long Island and is on the Educational Advisory Board of the Long Island Music Hall of Fame. Her newest creative endeavor is in filmmaking, having made her first full-length documentary, "Undocumented" which was accepted by seven film festivals where it won nine awards and honors. Soon her film will be shown worldwide in theaters, schools, libraries and on TV.
Besides all this, she has found time to write two books about music and raise a family.
This Renaissance Woman hopes you will find as much joy in her work as she does.