Raised on Oregon's Warm Springs Reservation, Pat Courtney Gold
earned a degree in mathematics at Whitman College and pursued
a career in computer science before turning to basket making.
Gold has described herself as a basket holding information about
her Wasco community's artistic traditions. Her work has led her
to explore both the aesthetic and material aspects of basketry.
Inspired by using local plant materials in her basketmaking, she
has also become an outspoken advocate for the preservation of natural
plant habitats. Pat Courtney Gold has lectured and exhibited her
work and taught master classes across the United States and overseas.