Growing up in a small South Texas border town, Patricia Alarcón Missler experienced the close ties of a Mexican-American family. The youngest of five children, Missler felt the influence of her parents and extended family as she developed her parents’ love of art, their appreciation of beauty, and their culture.
Missler graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a major in sociology and a minor in English. She worked for many years as a social worker in Texas before she moved to Hawaii in 1983 to study with many well-known artists. Missler continues to paint and write. She lives in Hawaii with her husband, where they operate their own art gallery and continue to live in a secluded forest on the slopes of an active volcano.