The Artist

"Being outside in nature is everything to me!  In my paintings, I attempt to capture the essence of nature without copying it exactly.  I want to get past the obvious -- to the essence of why many of us find being outside in nature soothing to our souls.  Whether this is conveying the power behind a falcon’s gaze or the wonder of the vast number and variety of creatures that live in a tide pool, I hope to capture something that will inspire viewers to connect more deeply with the natural world and  increase the desire to preserve nature’s beauty.  I find artistic inspiration from living on a wooded high-elevation property near Ashland, Oregon, as well as having held National Park Artist-in-Residence positions (Lassen, Glacier, and Lake Clark Alaska).    
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In her artistic practice, Pam explores nature.  She goes beyond realism and provides a unique, powerful vision of her natural subjects that deepens the connection between the viewer and the natural world.  Her distinctive style is colorful, highly textured and semi-abstract, but the natural forms can still be identified.  She works in watermedia -- both acrylics and watercolor, often in the same painting.   She builds complex, textured layers, often using natural materials that leave impressions in the paint. 

Pam was born in Chicago.  She currently splits her time between Ashland and Bandon, Oregon.  Although she had a scholarship to attend art school when she was young, she went into academia instead.  After a career as social science professor at Stanford and University of Texas-Austin, Pam turned back to her first love and has been painting full time ever since.  She educated herself by taking many classes and workshops at art schools like Oregon College of Arts and Crafts and Scottsdale Art School.

She has been fortunate to have been selected as artist-in-residence at three National Parks:  Lassen (CA), Glacier (MT), and Lake Clark (AK), and continues to be inspired by her time there.  She has also received several private and two key public commissions:  to produce the 2019 Britt Festival playbill cover and poster art, and to design and coordinate the painting of a native plant mural at Southern Oregon University.  Her work is held in many private and public collections, including the National Park Service.

She has had her work shown as part of several juried one-person and group exhibitions and has won awards for her art.  She has been on TV and radio, and her paintings have been used in Southern Oregon literary journals and catalogue covers.  She is represented by Art & Soul Gallery in Ashland, OR; Second Street Gallery in Bandon, OR; and Fairweather Gallery in Seaside, OR.

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