Since childhood, Pamela has had a deep interest in natural history and especially flora.

When Pamela started painting classes in 1999, it was a natural choice for her to gravitate to Botanical Art.  The precision of accurately representing specific plant species fitted well with her serious interest in Australian flora.  Initially, all her botanical pieces were painted from life, but Pamela discovered this had its limitations.  Plants did not flower at the convenience of the artist. The solution Pamela found allowed her to bring painting together with her other creative interest… photography.

Pamela initially used watercolour to create her delicate, detailed botanical images.  On moving to Mackay in 2017 Pamela found an established group of pastel artists and with their encouragement found pastels.

Pamela has fallen in love with the medium and loves the vibrancy and immediacy of pastels.  Picking them up they start to dance and then you have the colours before you, creating shapes on the paper themselves as though the pastels lead the fingers. They are magical.

Her recent solo exhibition at the Mackay Botanical Gardens was an important milestone and Pamela has had several commissions and welcomes more. Pamela has had awards in Canberra and Mackay for her photography, botanical and pastel paintings.

All Pamela’s paintings are either from life or Pamela’s own photos (often a combination of both).

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