Patrick Palmer has a diploma from Heatherley's School of Art in Chelsea and another from The National College of Art and Design, Dublin.
He has also received extensive personal tuition by a close friend of Francis Bacon and a senior lecturer at The Royal Academy.

His main influence is Degas, but also Schiele, Rembrandt, Klimt, Monet, Velasquez, Ribot, Picasso, Van Gogh and some modern British artists: Shaun Ferguson, Jenny Saville, Byroglyphics, Caroline Burraway and Michael Clark.
‘Whilst an element of realism is important, I try to move beyond artistic convention and avoid an image that is too predictable. Realism is not enough - what you take away and what you add to what you see are what transform an image into a piece of art. The decisions and selections you make allow you to express the personality into a picture, this distinguishes it from mere photographic representation.'