(Born 1934) Known as a realist sculptor of Crow Native Americans and horses, Pat Mathiesen was born in Hollywood, California. In the early 1950s, she worked on dude ranches and at Yellowstone National Park, followed by two years of study at the California School of Fine Arts and the San Francisco School of Commercial Art. After living and painting in Alaska for several years, she moved to Arizona.
As early as 1966, her sculpture was sold by O'Brien's Art Emporium in Scottsdale, Arizona. Following travel to the northern regions of Arizona, she chose to depict the Apache, Hopi, and Navajo people in bronze. She subsequently lived in Wyoming and Montana, eventually returning to Arizona, where she continues to sculpt horses, wildlife and Native Americans.
The artist has been featured in Southwest Art magazine, Arizona Highways and Arizona Horsemen. Mathiesen is cited in Peggy and Harold Samuels’ Contemporary Western Artists and The Dictionary of American Sculptors 18th Century to the Present by Glenn B. Opitz.