Pam Sharp, a professional painter for 20 years, lives and works in Kennewick, Washington. We are amazed by her beautiful paintings and are so excited to have her show in our gallery.
Artist’s Statement: “I love animals! As an artist I try to capture the unique attitude of each animal I paint. Using layers of thin washes to achieve depth and a palette knife to provide texture to each piece. All work is done on 140lb Italian watercolor paper, making each stroke a permanent commitment to the piece. Most pieces take a month to complete. The soul of each animal I paint is captured in the posture and the eye. Currently I am fascinated by the color and whimsical nature of birds. I fall into a rhythm, when I paint, letting the painting sing its own song. Not really focusing on methods used, but what will convey the emotion. Patrons are first drawn in by the use of vibrant colors, and then the emotion of each piece I create.
Each painting starts with research. Many photos are reviewed via web searches along with habitat for each species that I choose to paint. This review gives me insight into how the species act in the wild and in captivity (domestication). A composition is then planned and a line drawing is made and saved via photoshop. This insures that the painting is free to be expressed at no fear of losing a long labored compositional line drawing. Painting are worked in entirety though out the painting processes. Large washes or minute details are applied as needed to develop the personality of the subject. With watercolor, there are many techniques that can be used to develop the painting. Common ones are bushes, salt, alcohol, and resist. One uncommon technique that I use are palette knives and combining common techniques in unique ways. Building color through diaphanous layers of thin color. “