Today we’d like to introduce you to Pamela Harnois.
Pamela, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I’m a professional watercolor artist whose formal art school training included advanced studies of painting and design. Although I’m best known for my large abstract florals I have a variety of styles and subjects but Nature is my focus. I was a commercial artist and designer in the food packaging industry and was a creative director for Nestle and Keebler Food Company as well as design firms. I’m an exhibiting member of Ten Women Gallery and a member of the Los Angeles Art Association. I teach transparent watercolor at Brentwood Art Center in Los Angeles, California and do live demonstrations and private lessons
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I have spent the last decade documenting my Woodland Spirit landscapes and WildFlowers from across the country, all the way from Cape Cod to my home here in California. I tend toward a light and loose style of painting watercolors and my painting style is semi-abstract. I see Nature’s stories through my past and present memories of the woods and wildflowers, and I strive to find ways to tell that story through my artwork.
I see trees as people and focus on their interconnected nature to each other and to us. Each tree holds a meaning of a person who I’ve met or interacted with. We are just like trees – we fall when we don’t get enough light, we’re thirsty when the rains don’t come. I research woodland trees by discovering their past symbolism and create new interpretations of these meanings through my artwork.
My WildFlowers series evokes strong symbols of fleeting moments that are somewhat fragile and never seem to last very long. Through their short bursts of life they remind us of how delicate we are and that we can choose to thrive in this season or quickly fade. Flowers do what they do: they bloom and are magnificent yet their beauty doesn’t last. It’s on display and then leaves us wondering, anticipating, remembering, and longing for their return to bloom once more and so the cycle continues.
What do you think it takes to be successful as an artist?
I think as an artist it’s important to keep learning and moving at the same time. This creative action has shown me amazing opportunities. I’m also a fan of goal setting and creating a daily to do list to support my long term goals. It keeps me focused on the bigger picture of where my creative life is going.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I’m an exhibiting member of Ten Women Gallery, 1128 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, California. You can also view my artwork at www.PamelaHarnois.com
- Address: West Hollywood, California
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