Artist Pamela Trueblood shares a joyful connection to the earth in her colorful collection of garden paintings. Visit her website to see more of her work.
As a voracious reader, a treehouse builder, a jazz and opera lover, well-traveled within the United States, having resided on both the East Coast, West Coast, Colorado, Texas and finally living in New Mexico, my layers are many and deep.
Wild heart, clever, bohemian and earth mother are all parts of my personality, or so I have been told by others. I love walking lonely beaches and trekking mysterious mountain passes, hearing the winds blow through the pines in my garden and dancing under a full moon.
My daily process starts with a morning meditation of watering flowers, deadheading and feeding birds—all of which center me. Through the years, I have experimented with different mediums—regular acrylics, mixed media with scissored papers, and acrylic gouache to find a technique that gives me the best version of my ideas.
I love to paint gardens and put my dreams on canvas. I have impressions of landscapes and seascapes where I’ve lived and walked. I keep a dream journal next to my bed and add to it every day. My dreams connect me to ideas which then become my reality.
Living gardens need earth, while cut flowers, although beautiful, are in the process of dying. Therefore, I rarely paint anything that is not planted in the earth. Connectedness to our planet and gardens are hopeful. If we remember that the earth provides us with beauty and food, we may bring the temperature and tempers a bit lower.
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I have a degree in Art History and have studied in Europe, visiting Renaissance gardens and great museums on my travels. My inspiration for understanding historical trends in art came from painters Francisco Goya, Henry Matisse and Helen Frankenthaler.
Contemporary artists who inspire me are New Mexican artist Nancy Reyner and New York artist Brian Rutenberg. Both are landscape painters with wildly diverging viewpoints. Subjects that influence my art come from the colorful Talavera pottery I have in my home and Oaxacan sculptures.
I am partial to music. The abstract paintings in my collection are galvanized by listening to my favorite jazz or classical pieces. While painting, I translate the abstract form of sound into two-dimensional works.
We all need reflection and solitude to bring peace to our busy lives. Each of my paintings intends to transport the viewer to a special place in their hearts and minds. I use Museum and or Gallery depth canvas for a contemporary look, so no framing is needed as each work is painted on all four sides with color. All you need to do is hang and enjoy.
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