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Artist of the Month

PAMELA HAMILTON

January 2015 Artist of the Month

I’ve been an artist for as long as I can remember. In high school, I was voted “Best Artist” and received a fine art scholarship. I pursued a career in graphic design and became the art director for a national magazine. It wasn’t until 2010 and nearly 30 years away from what I loved, that I switched gears and turned my attention back to art.

I draw inspiration from my love of nature and am passionate about creating portraits of animals and children, flowers and scenes of places I have traveled to. When choosing a subject, I look for warm sun on skin, bright and colorful reflections on water and light passing through petals that create the deep shadows, bright highlights and high contrast that I savor. My hope is that through this process, I am able to evoke a feeling of joy and happiness. Although I have worked in oil, acrylic and graphite, my primary focus has been on both soft and oil pastels. I love the immediacy of these mediums, their vibrant colors, rich tones, texture, paint-like quality and portability. I particularly enjoy exploring various art papers and the way the pastels are affected through their application. I’ve taken multiple courses in oil pastel, but am self-taught using soft pastels.

Since 2011, I have participated in more than 50 exhibits including numerous juried fine art fairs, three solo shows, and have earned three “Best in Shows” awards, a “1st Place” and numerous awards in other categories. I hold memberships with The Pastel Society of America, The Chicago Pastel Painters, The Geneva Art Guild, The DuPage Art League, The Wayne Art League and Yellow House Artists.

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February 2015 Artist of the Month - Jim Enockson (print and mixed media)

March 2015 Artist of the Month - James and Nanette Stephens (photography)

April 2015 Artist of the Month - Gene McCormick (paintings)

May 2015 Artist of the Month - Joanne Laudolff (mixed media)

June 2015 Artist of the Month - Bert Hoddinott III (drawings)

July 2015 Artist of the Month - District #303 Student Art Exhibit (mixed media)

August 2015 Artist of the Month - Open

September 2015 Artist of the Month - Robert Dicke (photography

October 2015 Artist of the Month - Rosann Wynykoski (acrylic and FW inks)

November 2015 Artist of the Month - Valerie Lorimer (mixed media)

December 2015 Artist of the Month - Open