In her artistic practice, Pam explores nature. She goes beyond realism and provides a unique and 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 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 has lived in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and California, and currently splits her time between Ashland and Bandon, Oregon. She had a scholarship to attend art school when she was young, but 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 a lot of classes and workshops, and did intensive study and mentorship with two nationally known watermedia artists.
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. You can see her national park experiences reflected in her art. 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 solo and group exhibitions and has won awards for her art. She is a signature member of Artists for Conservation and was juried into the Watercolor Society of Oregon and other arts organizations. 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, Oregon, Crooked Mile Gallery in Phoenix, Oregon, Second Street Gallery in Bandon, Oregon.