Patricia D. Richards was born in California, and grew up in Seattle, Washington. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in drama from the University of Washington, a Master of Science in Education from the University of Southern California and a Master of Fine Arts from Southern Methodist University. She received a Mid-America Arts Alliance/National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Photography in 1991 and teaches photography at Tarrant County College in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Her work can be found in several museum collections including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, The Birmingham Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian Institution. She exhibits her work internationally.
Patricia D. Richards is currently on sabbatical for the 2016-2017 school year working on a special research project in Cuba.