Born in Philadelphia, Howard Ashman Patterson was a painter and lithographer. He studied at the Pennsylvania Academy with Henry McCarter, the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art, and the Art Students League in New York. He exhibited widely including at the National Academy of Design and Chappel House in Denver, Colorado. He lived in New Mexico and Colorado in the early 1920's, and in 1924, he exhibited in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In 1934, the American Magazine of Art, New Mexico had his work on the covers for February and June, referencing his visits there.