Pat Mercer Hutchens was born in Winnfield, Louisiana, graduated from Winnfield High School and attended Wheaton College, graduating with her BA in Art and Education. Her first teaching assignment was in Bellwood, IL. While in Dallas, Texas, with her family, Pat taught high school, co-starred, co-wrote and co-produced a Dallas television program.
Pat studied at the Art Institute of Chicago; Pasadena City College (CA); The Corcoran College of Art in Washington, DC; Betzelel in Jerusalem; and Northwestern University in Louisiana. She was awarded grants to study and graduate with an MFA in Art Theory and Practice from Northwestern University in Evanston (IL) and a Masters in Management and Development in Human Resources from National Lewis University, also in Evanston (IL). In 2006 Pat earned a PhD in Theology from Louisiana Baptist University with a concentration in language and Hebrew studies, specifically the languages of the Levant, focusing attention on the art origins of written communications. She was chosen for inclusion in The National Honor Society (Hebrew Studies). With her husband, Dr. James M. Hutchens, Brigadier General, US Army, (Ret.), she co-authored a book Guilty, Keeping God’s Covenant of Love with Israel. Pat’s own book, Hebrew for the Goyim (Bible Codes) can be found at Xulon Press or Amazon.com.
Pat has taught painting, printmaking, drawing, and design fundamentals in several schools: the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC; George Mason University (VA); Northern Virginia Community College; Lord Fairfax College in Middletown (VA) and Dominion Theological Seminary. She is the founder and director of Washington Artworks, an organization for promoting visual arts in the Metro Washington area. She wrote and presented a paper on “Spirituality in the Visual Arts” for the Isley Washington Arts Group, presenting her paper as part of the USA team participating in the 300 year anniversary of St. Petersburg, Russia at the Hermitage. A published author, poet and photographer, Pat writes a column for The Jerusalem Connection, a Washington, DC magazine.
Pat participates in many charities by donating works for auction and also paints portraits, landscapes and other works on commission. She is presently working on a series of “Historical Paintings” of the Northern Virginia and Washington Metro area, concentrating on the early 1900’s. Pat also supports various fundraisers, such as the Children’s Inn at NIH, Princeton Hospital in Alabama, and other causes for children in need.
As a practicing artist, Pat has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in many places – among them New Orleans, Chicago, California, New York, Virginia, Washington, DC, Israel and Russia. Pat and her husband have three children and 12 grandchildren.