Pamela’s path towards the life of an artist began early as a student at Dawson College in Montreal where she studied a few art classes. Her studies at Concordia University in drawing with Joseph Di Leo, and later at Saidye Bronfman Art Center in painting under Irena Korosec, put her on that path when her teachers recognized her artistic skills and encouraged her in that direction. Most of Pamela’s talent as an artist was self-taught. As a working single mom, Pamela worked as a jewelry maker as well as a mural painter, among other positions, that firmly put her in the world of art, while exploring and honing her artistic skills as a hobby. When her son took his own path in Life, Pamela turned her attention to her art and emerged as a greatly talented painter.
Pamela was a featured artist in many shows and exhibits in Ontario as well as in Manhattan, New York. She received multiple awards and recognitions for her work during these events and was a featured artist in Professional Artist Magazine in 2018.
Pamela found, in her art, a way to release some painful events in her life that became a self-soothing process that is very dear to her. She could exteriorize her thoughts on canvas and it became a sort of visual and healing diary. Today, she uses her art to explore ideas and ask questions about human nature. In her own words, she “aims to make something that feels hopeful.”
«What impressed us most about her submissions is the high level of mastery of her medium and her healing messages. All of her entries could have easily won the special award as they met several important criteria – extraordinary skill, a unique vision, and a profound impact on the viewers.»
– Rene Philips, Director of Manhattan Arts International.
While being a single and working mother, I always kept working towards improving my skills as an artist. My art started as a hobby, but soon became much more to me. Wanting to make it a career, I studied drawing at Concordia, under Joseph Di Leo and painting at Saidye Bronfman Art Center under Irena Korosec to perfect my skills. Now that my son is grown up and making his own path in life, my drive as an artist has crystallized.
I am fascinated by the possible duality of life being both tremendously precious and also trivial. I aim to create art that has the same complexity of beauty with a slight reflection of humor, or darkness. I do this by painting with tender attention to detail, but by keeping the allegorical component of my art light-hearted.
Rarely inspired by things I see, my paintings start with an image in my head. I then look around for props or models from which I take photos for reference. Once the painting has begun, I start to think about different titles, and when the right title hits, I suddenly know what the painting is about.
In the series of hands, I use a very available body part to depict some of the stages one can go through during love. Body language is honest, and our bodies are often quicker than our minds to express what the real situation is. In these paintings, the hands are laying clues.
In the series of fish: “A fish out of water”, “life in a fishbowl”, I think about these two common expressions, and find it interesting that we use fish to explain a human experience. Each painting has a fish that is, or fish that are, oddly placed. I wish to ask, “Are they out of water? Are they on display? What is it about their experience that we can relate to?”
|2014||Glazing techniques – private classes with Irena Korosec|
|2003 to 2004||Painting classes at Saide Bronfman Centre|
|1988 to 1989||Painting and drawing classes at Concordia University|
Awards and Recognitions
|2020||Federation of Canadian Artists Painting on the Edge Competition, Honourable mention|
|2018||Professional Artist Magazine, Feb/March edition, featured in an article on meditation and creativity|
|2017||Winner of the Art Kudos Award of Distinction|
|2015||Winner of the Dynasty Brush Company Award|
|2015||Finalist – Art Kudos – Online Competition|
|2015||Manhattan Arts International – Featured Artist|
|2016||Super Wonder Gallery, Toronto, Canada|
|2015||Yes Montreal Art Expo, Montreal, Canada|
|2014||Galerie Vanasse, Saint-Lambert, Canada|
|2013||Montreal Art Centre, Montreal, Canada|
|2019, 2021||Illustrations for Groundwood books: • 2019: A Boy is Not a Bird • 2021: A boy is Not a Ghost (upcoming publication)|
|1990 to 1996||Commercial artist, muralist, portraitist, calligraphy and stained glass|