Pam Serra-Wenz, Spring Reign Juror-Judge

Artist Statement

My paintings embody movement and color intensity.  Sometimes I dream about my art.  The results of my dreams are reflected in some of my abstract paintings.

Being an artist provides the ability to immerse myself in hours of play and creativity.  It allows me to share my dreams with others.  I enjoy sharing my experiences and techniques with fellow and future artists.  It is also an opportunity to grow and develop a skill that flows with the richness of life.  These are my goals as an artist.

Bio

After working for more than 25 years and raising two wonderful children – I retired at 49 years old!  Now what???  I could have continued building my skills in architecture and engineering or become the artist that I’ve always wanted to be.  I took the  opportunity to embrace the profession that I passionately wanted.  The artist won!

“Two Waterways” Traveling Exhibit

Bill Shumway and I have compiled an ever growing traveling exhibit about water, entitled “Two Waterways”. We have exhibited in Lincoln City and Western Oregon University and are looking for future venues at this time.

My Process for Mixed Media + Sgraffito:

I use everything but a brush. In 2010 I created my process developing a three day underpainting of mixed media, gels and intense fluid paints with a lot of manipulation. I apply my surface paint with a palette knife, swizzle stick, color shaper, chunk of wood, linoleum and whatever else is around to work the paint. Then I sgraffito off paint to reveal the underpainting. The sub-illuminated quality of each painting reveals a complex and rich finish. Each painting goes through several critique evaluations.

My Process for Oregon Rain Paintings:

It rains a lot in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) and I have found a way to appreciate it. I set out my substrate in the rain to get it wet. Then, I apply high pigment fluid acrylic paints over the substrate and let the rain do it’s thing. The paint floats on the surface. I take the painting inside the shop and minimally manipulate the painting surface. Paintings usually have several rains and each rain takes about three days to dry. These paintings can hang in front of a shaded natural light to reveal the substrate’s transparency. It’s fun to dance in the rain!

Memberships

  • Partner – River Gallery (Independence, OR) 2017-2020
  • The Arts Center Member/Volunteer (Corvallis, OR) 2008-2020
  • Cultural Art Center (Lincoln City, OR) 2018-2020
  • Corvallis Art Guild Member (Corvallis, OR) 2005-2016
  • Collab4 (Collaborative Art Project (Corvallis, OR) 2012-2014

Training

  • Imagine Critique Group (Corvallis, OR) 2011-2020
  • Monday Masters Painting Group (Corvallis, OR) 2011-2016
  • Abstract Critique Group (Corvallis, OR) 2015-2017
  • ASO Critique Group (Corvallis, OR) 2011-2015
  • LBCC/Painting + Art Styles Exploration (Corvallis, OR) 2005-2013
  • OSU/Glass Art (Corvallis, OR) 2006-2010
  • SRJC/Various Art Media (Santa Rosa, CA) 1995-2005

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