Patrick was born November 27, 1942 in Los Angeles, California to actress Maureen O’Sullivan and writer-director-productor John Villiers Farrow. Having one older brother, Michael, and five younger siblings, Mia, Johnny, Prudy, Steffi, and Tisa, he grew up and went to school in Beverly Hills and abroad in Spain and England.
His early jobs included acting in Hollywood in both TV and movies, serving as a Merchant Marine in the Pacific and working as an artist for WPAT radio station in New York City. He moved to Vermont in 1964 and discovered the place he wanted to spend the rest of his life. In 1966 he married Susan Hartwell Erb with whom he shared the rest of his days. Together they raised their daughters and chose to live their lives as artists and as active members of their community.
Art was a thread that tied Patrick’s life together. At a young age he discovered his love of drawing and when, in his early twenties, a friend taught his to weld, he began drawing in three dimensions, never stopping. Self taught, he had his first solo show in 1967 at a Beverly Hills gallery. Being an extraordinarily devoted sculptor for over 42 years, he often worked six days a week, rarely taking a break. In 1990 he was elected a Fellow in the National Sculpture Society in New York City where he won numerous awards and he is represented in private and public collections worldwide. His search for his perfect home was realized in 1993 when he and Susan bought an historic church in Castleton, Vermont, turning it into their home, studios and gallery.
Patrick was a lifelong peace and environmental activist and was conscious about issues facing his community and the world at large. Although he was born into a golden Hollywood family, he instead choose a world away from Hollywood, opting for the peace of the Vermont mountains and valleys and the purity of a simple life. He was a unique and passionate individual who followed his heart, sharing his distinctive sculpture along the way. He passed away June 15, 2009.
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