Pat Douthwaite spent her early life in Paisley, Renfrewshire, and travelled widely, living in various places across the UK such as York, Edinburgh, and Berwick upon Tweed. Douthwaite is a self-taught artist. Initially pursuing a career in expressive dance and ballet, she met fellow Boswell artist J.D. Fergusson through her dance teacher and Fergusson’s partner, Margaret Morris. Fergusson taught the budding artist to appreciate how light interacts with landscape. Douthwaite’s first solo show was the 57 Gallery in Edinburgh in 1958, and throughout her career was the recipient of various awards from the Scottish Arts Council. She died in Broughty Ferry in 2002.