James Patterson lived many lives before he passed away May 28, 2004 while photographing Monet’s gardens in Giverny, France. He served with the Army’s Counterintelligence Corp in the final days of the Cuban Missile Crisis, and on administrative staffs of three universities. Patterson was a 1958 graduate of Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He drew extensively upon those experiences to create The Thirteen, Sphinxes, and The Lazarus Pit.
Patterson was a writer, journalist, graphic designer, traveler, and photographer. He won numerous international awards for writing, photography, and design. He was also a freelance travel photojournalist and wrote for computer, photography, and graphic arts magazines. He lived in Largo, Florida, with his wife, Betty.