Join us for our member meeting on Tuesday, September 13th at the Concord Library (1-3pm). We are excited to have Pam McCauley as our guest artist - she'll be sharing her current method of painting portraits, using oils and a palette knife. She starts with thin darks, builds to the medium tones, then ends by adding thick highlights. Along the way she uses the palette knife for scraping and blending - you never know where it will all end up - and that's the fun of it!
Pam grew up in a family of painters; her mother painted into her 90's. She attended Occidental College and graduated with a degree in Fine Arts and a teaching credential. She taught high school art in Los Angeles until she started a family with husband, Tom. Twelve years ago she got back to painting and hasn't stopped since.
Recently Pam became joint owner of Main Street Arts in Martinez. Her work is also currently on display at Floral Arts Florist and Robert Jenson Salon, both in Lafayette. She is a member of the Martinez Art Association, California Watercolor Association, and she serves as vice-president of exhibitions for the Lamorinda Arts Alliance. Her work has been shown throughout the East Bay and recently she was a guest speaker for the Pinole Artisans.
Pam works primarily in watercolor and oils. She claims to be an unabashed colorist who sees color as value. Still-life and figures are her primary focus, although she has joined a plein air group. Her favorite quotes are:
"Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working." - Pablo Picasso
"Not painting is not an option." - Debra Huse