Pam Powell combines her dedication to traditional art principles with her firm belief that those principles must communicate with the modern world. Calling herself a “contemporary representational painter”, Pam paints the world that she inhabits using the solid classical skills she’s developed.
As a young woman, she went to Europe where she fell in love with classical portraiture and fine art. After her return to the United States, she received a BFA degree in sculpture from the University of New Mexico and a BFA in illustration from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She has also studied painting and drawing individually with some of the most highly respected representational painters in this country, including Huihan Liu, Zhaoming Wu, Craig Nelson and William Whitaker.
Recognizing her abilities as an artist and a communicator, the Academy of Art University invited Powell to join their faculty in 1995. She currently teaches painting and composition at the Academy, passing on the traditional skills she has honed.
“I have a passion for the human figure and love the variety of expression in the human form. I want my paintings to be like visual poems, condensing time, creating a mood and evoking an emotion. People who buy my paintings often ask me to tell them the story in the painting, but I’ve learned that it’s better not to tell my story. The painting must speak to the person who views it” -- Pam Powell
AWARDS & SELECT EXHIBITIONS
May 6 - June 19, 2005 Oil Painters of America Annual National Juried Exhibition, Hilligoss Galleries, Chicago, IL
April 13 – May 23, 2005 "SOFT VOICES” AT GRATON GALLERY: a two-person show, with Anna Nelson, at 9048 Graton Road, Graton, CA
April 4 – June 6, 2003 “INTERIOR LIVES” at Saint Francis Memorial Gallery, San Francisco: one-person show
July 4 – August 17,2002 “LAYERS OF TIME” at Iona Gallery, Dunsmuir, CA: Invitational group show
2001 Grand Prize: Portrait Art Society Annual Exhibition, San Francisco, CA
2001 Honorable Mention: Portrait Art Society Annual Exhibition, S. F., CA
Oil Painters of America, California Art Club, Portrait Society of America, Cultural Art Council of Sonoma County.