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Meet Pamela Wingard

Today we’d like to introduce you to Pamela Wingard.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I’m a former corporate MBA who traded in those uncomfortable business suits for flip-flops and a paintbrush. I began college as an art major, graduated with a marketing degree and put away my art supplies. Years later, I came full circle and began oil painting for the first time in my 40s.

Here are the highlights:

I paint much like I cook. I have a recipe in mind but throw in a few ingredients that sound good together. I don’t measure and I find my way as I go. Much like the way I’d like to live my life, now that I think about it.

When I’m not painting or drawing, you’ll find me planning my next trip to the coast, writing in my journal, or cooking something with lots of fresh herbs and garlic. I am most comfortable in my old jeans and either my cowboy boots or my flip-flops, depending on the season. I have lived in four US time zones but I’d rather have my toes in the sand than anywhere else. I grew up in a small town in the Midwest where I read lots of library books, drew in my sketchbook, traveled with my family, and dreamed of being a traveling photojournalist.

I dream of owning a motorcycle, watching the sunset every night from my dock, and meeting the Barefoot Contessa.

Please tell us about your art.
I paint coastal abstracts and beautiful places. I love travel and being outside so that’s what I paint. My paintings take me to a place I want to be. I paint because I can’t imagine not having creative time and it feels good to bring a little joy to others. I like that I can do something I enjoy and then it makes someone else happy too! Often my paintings remind people of a favorite place, a special memory, or a great vacation.

I paint in both oils and acrylics, and I like adding line and texture with graphite, pastels, and oil sticks. One of my favorite mediums is oil and cold wax. I mix the wax with the oil paint and it creates this buttery texture. It’s fun to scrape away layers of color to see what happens.

With my art, I hope to connect with and inspire others, while adding a little happiness to the world.

What do you think about conditions for artists today? Has life become easier or harder for artists in recent years? What can cities like ours do to encourage and help art and artists thrive?
I think it is a great time to be an artist! There is so much opportunity for artists right now. Local magazines, interior designers, and social media make it so much easier for people to see the work we do. The culture has changed as so many young artists and makers are encouraged by the creatives in their community. Cities can continue to encourage and help artists thrive through all the great ‘pop-up’ opportunities and partnerships with local businesses.
I’ve developed so many collaborations and made great connections with people who first noticed my work on social media. When I first posted my work online, I expected to sell directly to the consumer but what has happened is that I ‘met’ these wonderful online and brick and mortar store owners and art lovers who carry my art. I’ve also taken part in several art shows because someone saw my art through one of these avenues. It’s the best of both worlds; they handle most of the direct selling, I keep posting pretty pictures, and most of all, I get to paint!

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My work may be found on my website at pamwingard.com and in various locations throughout the Southeast. I’d love to collaborate with art lovers on the West Coast. The beautiful scenery and people hold a special place in my heart. So, if you know any stores, galleries, or individuals that are a good fit, please let them know!

I release new collections about five or six times a year. They may find them on Instagram at @barefootstudios or get a preview by signing up for my studio newsletter.

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Image Credit:
Grace Dawes (personal photo). All other photos by Pamela Wingard.

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