Patsy was born in Leeds in 1952, and was brought up in Harrogate and Knaresborough, attending Harrogate Grammar School until 1969 then Eston Grammar School in Teesside, where she moved with her parents, Denis and Maureen Bell. Eventually returning to Yorkshire she married Wilf Earnshaw, and settled in a village near Huddersfield with their two daughters and three grandchildren living locally.
She has a BSc with the Open University and a Diploma in Surveying from the College of Estate Management, Reading, and worked for District Valuer Services, North until taking early retirement in 2008. Patsy always enjoyed art at school, achieving an 'A' level in Art, but painted only intermittently until after completing her Diploma in 1995. Finding some spare time she rekindled her love of painting, inspired by winning the Valuation Office Agency Art Award for the first time in November 1995. She has won various prizes with the VOA subsequently, and has also been awarded various prizes by the British Society of Miniaturists, notably the prize for Best Miniature in Exhibition in summer 1998.
In addition to her membership of the British Society of Miniaturists, she has been a member of the Hilliard Society since 1999, exhibiting each year at the Town Hall in Wells in the Hilliard's annual exhibition. She has also exhibited in the Banqueting Hall in Westminster, London, with the Association of Civil Service Art Clubs Society.
Her paintings are in private collections around the country, in South Africa and in Samos, Greece.
(below: working on a pastel painting in the studio.)