Patrick is a sculptor whose whirling creations are immediately recognizable yet subdued, ethereal works of natural beauty.
Born in Oklahoma in 1945, Dougherty was raised in North Carolina and went on to earned degrees in English, art history and sculpture the University of North Carolina. Combining his carpentry skills with his love of nature, Patrick began to learn more about primitive techniques of building and to experiment with tree saplings as construction material. In 1982 he showed his first work, Maple Body Wrap, and the following year, he had his first one-person show entitled, "Waitin’ It Out in Maple."
His work quickly evolved from single pieces on conventional pedestals to monumental scale environmental works, which required saplings by the truckloads. Over the last thirty years, he has built over 250 of these works, and become internationally acclaimed. His sculpture has been seen worldwide---from Scotland to Japan to Brussels, and all over the United States.
He has received numerous awards, including the 2011 Factor Prize for Southern Art, North Carolina Artist Fellowship Award, Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, Henry Moore Foundation Fellowship, Japan-US Creative Arts Fellowship, and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Princeton Architectural Press published a major book about Patrick and his work in 2009.