Inspiration for my paintings comes from personal photographs as well as working from live models and sketching plein air. Simply put, I take recognizable imagery and abstract it. My paintings reflect Cubist simplification including clear demarcations of tonal shifts and chromatic intensity. I also enjoy exploring the textural and optical potential of paint.
A quote about abstraction from painter Chris Martin best explains my thoughts about the process, “What does it mean, “abstract?”… Maybe it’s a formal design strategy with invented rules…”
As a teacher and arts innovator, I propose that art can be made not only by studio trained artists, but freely and spontaneously, by everyone. I encourage process oriented engagement with materials and themes. This results in abstract, almost hieroglyphic drawings and collages in addition to more illustrative pieces. The experience benefits participants by letting them see their thoughts and feelings become visible graphic artwork.
Pam has studied painting and drawing in New York City at Grand Central Atelier, The National Academy of Design, and Black Pond Studio.