Pam’s work is informed by the rural, urban and coastal landscapes of North Yorkshire where she lives and works. Areas of the Northumberland coastline are also an important source of inspiration, providing an environment full of diverse and exciting colours, textures, wildlife and nature.
Inspired by buildings and architectural details such as turrets, domes and weathervanes, composition and colour are used to suggest mood and narrative. Close observation of the birdlife and seasonal changes in the landscape also inform her work.
Pam’s printmaking practice focuses on creating original linoprints in limited editions; the processes of wood engraving, screenprinting and lithography feed into her practice, allowing her to explore a variety of surface qualities. Collage provides a further opportunity to extend her ideas and themes in mixed media.
She explores subjects through sketches and photographs, focusing on and simplifying the important elements of the image in order to create a strong composition.
Engaging closely with the printing process, she layers several blocks of line, colour and texture to create a series of proofs, using semi-transparent inks in subtle colours. Negotiating the balance between these layers leads to the gradual realization of her images.
After completing her initial training in Art and Education, in Stoke on Trent and Birmingham, Pam moved to North Yorkshire where she joined a Craft workshop, designing and making patchwork quilts.
Subsequently, she worked in education, teaching in primary schools and early years settings, before becoming an advisory support teacher for the Traveller Education Service.
She now works from her studio in Markington, as a self-employed artist and printmaker.
Qualifications and Training
2012-2013 Artist in Residence, Harrogate College of Art and Design. November 2012 – May 2013
2011 B.A. (Hons) Applied Creative Design with First Class Honours. Leeds Metropolitan University.
1974 Certificate of Education. St. Peter’s College of Education, Birmingham.
1971 Foundation Certificate in Art and Design, Burslem School of Art, Stoke-on-Trent.
Prizes and Commissions
2014 Slightly Foxed. Cover design for Autumn issue of the quarterly literary magazine.
2011 Ascot House Hotel, Harrogate. A mixed media collage to celebrate the life of William Horace Baxter, a local philanthropist who commissioned the building in 1892.
2010 Winner of the National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Society Prize (NADFAS) for North Yorkshire.