Floating spheres have drifted into my atmospheric paintings and infused them with a new dimension.
I begin each painting with only a hint of intention. The rest is guided by the artwork, itself. A piece is never completed in one session and time is spent watching and listening to where the painting wants to go. Layers of color are built up, wiped off, painted over. My appreciation for things aging and well worn shows through in the hints of cracking paint and textured surfaces that evolve as I work.
Scribbles accompany the orbs in an adventure for you to join.
Pam’s art journey started as a young girl – her notebooks filled with colored pencil drawings of horses, frogs and the occasional mushroom. She knew she would always be an artist. Pam grew up in Springfield, Illinois and studied fine art at Southern Illinois University. Somewhere in the middle of college, her focus took a turn toward graphic design, where it planted itself for 25 years. Working in downtown Chicago, Pam became an award winning and sought after graphic designer known for her art direction, leadership qualities, and flair for communicating a message.
But her roots were still calling. . . As she’s ventured back into the world of fine art, it seems her journey has come full circle. Today, notebooks are filled with color studies, abstract images and notes on new ideas for creating art. Since exhibiting her paintings professionally in 2009, Pam’s work has won awards and been published in a national publication. She now strives to bridge her graphic design expertise and leadership with her fine art talent and passion for sharing the gift of art.
Pam is part of a thriving art community at the Lacuna Artist Lofts in Chicago where she has a working art studio. Interaction with other professional artists provides motivation and a continual catalyst for exploring new avenues of self-expression.
Accomplishments / CV
Professional Artist, 2008 – present
Freelance Graphic Designer, 1997 – present
Art Director, Click&Co., Chicago, 1990 – 1997
Graphic Designer, Perception, Inc., Chicago, 1986 – 1990
Art Director, Kransten Studio, Chicago, 1985 – 1986
Graphic Designer, Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs, 1984 – 1985
Selected 1- and 2-Person Exhibitions
4E Gallery, Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago — 2-person show, “Urban Nature” July, 2011
Bridge Gallery, Chicago — November 2010 - January 2011
Aloft Hotel, Bolingbrook, IL — June-August, 2010
Private Estate, Springfield, IL — August, 2010
Selected Group Exhibitions
4E Gallery, Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago — “Vision Becomes Reality” March, 2011
Framing Mode Art Gallery, Chicago — “Stories of Old” October 2010
4E Gallery, Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago — “Artists Respond to the Gulf Oil Spill” September, 2010
Yorktown Center Art Exhibit, Lombard, IL — December 2009
Awards and Grants
Schuering Puchase Award — Quincy, Illinois, June 2012
Puffin Foundation Grant Award — Art Changing the View Project, March 2011
3rd Place Award — Mayslake Peabody Estate Art Exhibit, June 2009
Award of Merit — Oak Park Art in the Park, May 2009
Best of American Pastel Artists, Kennedy Publishing, 2009
Drawing & Composition I, Drawing II, Collage — Students range from middle school age
to adult, 2011-present
Watercolor, Collage — Conducted for participants at the Cognitive Neurology and
Alzheimer’s Disease Center / Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, 2011
Private art therapy lessons for dementia sufferer, 2011-present
BA in Visual Communications and Fine Art, Southern Illinois University, 1984