Pamela Swainson

Pamela Swainson

Tatamagouche
I was born in Manitoba to parents who were children of Icelandic immigrants. After my early years under expansive prairie skies, I came east in a series of moves to the Fine Arts Program at Mount Allison in the early 70’s. I now live on a farm in the Cobequid Mountains where I have returned, to my art practice. . My earliest memories are of being in the quiet and the intensity of the natural world. Caring for the earth is a kind of subtext in my work whether literally or as inspiration.
Workshops and Activities 
My finished art consists of oils, watercolour and drawings. My formal training could be called somewhat traditional. It gave me a good grounding in basic skills, understanding of materials and techniques. However, while I use those skills, in my practice I also love to explore and play with new materials. It is a process I use to develop new ideas for new work. In my own work, I am inspired by knitting, wool and environmental themes. Sometimes students/young artists are held back by the need for certain skills. Basic perspective, use of materials and drawing from life, for example, are areas I find helpful and have worked on with learners. I am happy to work exploring how to use assorted materials with students in expressing ideas or themes. Experimenting with paint, dye, clay or ink for inspiration and understanding is an important source for learning I like to share. Freeing oneself from judgement in the early stages of work is a theme for me in my classes.
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(902)657-9251
Grade Levels 
4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Areas of Expertise 
Drawing, Painting, Mixed Media