Cornerstone’s Artist of the Month for May 2017
Pam says many of my best childhood memories revolved around art projects and, when she became an elementary teacher, there were plenty of outlets for creativity. However, it wasn’t until she retired in 2012 that she began to explore painting. Since then, she has been having a fantastic time exploring all types of subject matter but is especially drawn to portraits and figurative work.
Her art has been influenced by fellow artists Ted Nuttall and Charles Reid as well as many amazing local artists. Pam’s work has been exhibited in National and Local shows, including the 2016 Pennsylvania “Art of the State”.
Below is a recent Q&A with Pam Wenger.
Tell us briefly about your background & how you got started in your medium.
I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love art. Many of my best childhood memories revolve around art projects – either school projects…my own…or assignments my dad was always coming up with for me to do. When I became an elementary teacher there were plenty of outlets for creativity, but it wasn’t until I retired in 2012 that I began to explore painting. I figured I’d try watercolor first because it would be easier and cheaper than oils (both incorrect assumptions!).
How does your medium inform your viewpoint? Or what do you like most about your medium?
I love the fresh look of transparent watercolor and how the effects you get are often out of your control. For me – watercolor has a glow that I don’t see in most other mediums.
Who or what have been your artistic inspirations?
I’ve had the privilege of working with portrait artist, Ted Nuttall, and of attending sessions with Charles Reid. Both of these artists have had a huge influence on me. I’m also fortunate to count many amazing local artists among my friends. They keep me constantly inspired and challenged to grow as an artist.
Do You Have a Favorite Piece in Your Portfolio?
I guess my favorite piece is the next one in my head that I’m about to paint. I’m always hoping to improve on my last piece and I’m optimistic that the next one will push me further.
What would be your advice to artists just starting out in your medium?
I would strongly suggest taking classes at one of the local art associations. There are also wonderful watercolor workshops offered around the country which give you the opportunity to learn from well known experts. I have a local watercolor group that I paint with weekly and that helps keep me excited and growing in my work.