Pat Monigold was born in Chicago Heights and raised in the Chicago suburbs. She graduated from Alverno College in Milwaukee and also studied art at the University of Illinois. Pat was an original owner of Blackhawk Design in Champaign. During this time she supplied the University with calligraphy and designed castings, etchings, and presentation pieces for the University of Illinois, Midwestern businesses, and Universal Studios. After retiring, she honed her drawing and painting skills and is now a full-time studio artist. She has exhibited in the suburban Chicago area and local galleries.