Patrick Bitting describes his biography as follows:
"I was born in Darwin, Northern Territory in 1968. I went to school in Port Keats Missions in the Northern Territory where I grew up with my mother and her family. I've seen old people doing bark painting, carving boab nuts, and making shovel spear heads out of mangrove roots because the community is near the coast. From there I went on to high school in Melbourne (Mona Vale College), Victoria, Australia. I went to finish my high school at St. Johns College in Darwin, then I returned to my mother's traditional country."