Pam lives in Sarnia and spends time throughout the year in Muskoka at the family cottage. Her love of painting was instilled by two generations of painters in the family. “Some of my earliest memories are those of my father teaching me how to paint as I peeked over the dining room table!"
Art training was based primarily in high school but continued casually through the years. In 1989 she began her watercolour career following a course taught by noted Canadian painter Jack Reid. Jack passed away in 2009 but his influence remains an inspiration to Pam today. Other instructors included Linda Kemp, Brent Heighton, Duane Light, Joe Fettingis and Brian Atyeo.
Pam has enjoyed a successful career since 1992 and remained active in the arts community in Sarnia and Muskoka. In 1998 she received an Honorary Life Membership from the Sarnia-Lambton Arts Council for her role in that group's development. She has enjoyed memberships in The Sarnia Artist’s Workshop, The Guild, and The Art Assembly. In Muskoka she was a founding member of "Cottage Country Artists" and past participant in the Muskoka Lakes Spring Art Tour.
In 1997 Pam and fellow Bracebridge artist Lynda Lynn began a venture in collaborative work, painting together on single works. Pam and Lynda still get together for “paint days” whenever they can to share their newest works and learn from each other. In 2003 Pam ventured into acrylic painting following a course with Brian Atyeo and has continued to find her way with this new media.
In 2001 life changed when Pam’s Mum had a stroke and both parents came to live with the family. Time for painting gradually decreased in the years following and the inability to keep things “fresh” led to a decision to withdraw her work from the galleries. It was a time for sifting down the inventory, reflection and waiting. It is now time for a new beginning.
These days Pam works in both watercolour and acrylics. The need remains the same, “As a lover of the earthly elements, I have found the sense of solitude found in the expanse of most landscapes to be one of my favourite topics for expression. Some of my favourite times are those I spend outdoors gathering strength and spirit. With the elements of light, sky, water and weather my hope is to create a feeling of mystery and wonder about it all. Call it a moment for reflection, quiet thought, introspect. If these feeling are in some way experienced by the viewer, then I may consider my work successful."