Born in Oklahoma in 1945 and raised in North Carolina. He holds a BA in English literature at the University of North Carolina in 1967 and a Master's degree in Hospital and Health Administration from the University of Iowa in 1969.
Later, he returned to University to study art history and sculpture.
It is an artist who creates temporary structures in willow. His works are structured so that you can touch. Dougherty has worked for parks, botanical gardens, public spaces.
His sculptures can be visited and explored. Midway between modern fairy castle and all its work is made with twisted branches, assembled and connected. Combining his carpentry skills, with his love of nature, he began learning the techniques of construction primitives with branches, as a building material.
In 1982 his first work, Maple Body Wrap, was included in the lounge of the North Carolina Biennial artists, sponsored by the North Carolina Museum of Art. The following year, she had her first solo exhibition at the Centro per l'arte Contemporanea in Southeast in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
His work has evolved rapidly from single pieces on conventional pedestals to great large works, environmental installations. Over the past 30 years, it has built more than 230 of these works, and became famous around the world, from Scotland to Japan in Brussels, and throughout 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-Usa Creative Arts Fellowship, and the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.
Princeton Architectural Press published an important book on Patrick and his work in 2009. This monograph has received rave reviews and is available at www.stickwork.net.