Pat Riggs was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas, in 1960. She was educated there from private lessons from the late artist named Tonya Moran and received an associate degree in fine art from the University of Arkansas (then called Westark College) in 1982. Pat Riggs has been painting since 1967 when she did her first oil painting at 7 years old. She has continued painting for over 50 years doing various media and subjects including large murals. Over 97 large scenes and murals were completed in her career during the 1990's. Working as a computer graphic designer and commercial artist, she went full time as an artist of wildlife and animals in 2015. She works from a studio/gallery located in Muldrow, Oklahoma since 1989. In recent years she has used her art to support wildlife conservation efforts out of concern for endangered species.
I am deeply concerned about the preservation of our animals and nature. I have contributed original art to Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, to help raise funds for the animals. They have rescued over 100 tigers and other big cats. They are working to get the word out that WILD ANIMALS, especially big ones, ARE NOT PETS! They do a fanstastic job of caring for their rescued wildlife and I visit there often.
Another cause that I am supporting is Saving the Survivors. It was started in 2012 by a veternarian named Johan Marias to attend to injured endangered wildlife that have fallen victim to poaching or traumatic incidents. They are studying how to save severely injured Rhinos that have had their faces cut off from poaching - and they have succeeded. They are supported by the South African Veternarian Association and also the Ford Motor Company.