Art is an integral part of Pamela’s life… has been… and always will be. The journey to becoming a fine artist is an ongoing pursuit. For as we all know, life’s path is never a straight one. Twists and turns… hills and valleys… all make it an exciting adventure worth experiencing and only add to the value of realizing one’s dream.
Her introduction to a career in art began as an illustrator for a local newspaper and through the years, she has experienced many facets of the commercial aspect of art, from design, production and printing to multimedia design and production. This led to managerial opportunities as a creative director for a national firm that finally led to becoming a vice-president in bank marketing.
After a 30-year career in the commercial and corporate arena, Pamela finally decided to take the leap of faith and pursue her dream whole-heartedly… daunting, to say the least, but a decision that she has never regretted. She says, “I trust and believe that God has put special people and opportunities in my path to reveal His plan for my life.”
It’s been an exciting journey for her these past few years, experimenting with different media… graphite, charcoal, pastels, mixed media collage and oil painting; depicting different subject matter… landscapes and seascapes; portraiture and figurative; wildlife and still life while exploring different styles… representationalism, tonal impressionism and abstract expressionism.
“Freedom of expression is the most liberating characteristic of creativity. It challenges me to reveal a glimpse of myself through my work in anticipation of evoking an emotional response from the viewer.”
After five years of experience as the gallery and marketing director for Highland House Studios & Gallery in Boerne, Texas, she is now an artist/partner, former president and currently the marketing VP for Carriage House Gallery of Fine Artists in Boerne. An entrepreneur at heart, she is the sole proprietor of Pamela Gardner Studio and teaches private adult lessons in drawing and painting.
A juried member of Oil Painters of America (OPA), the VP of Marketing and past president of Boerne Professional Artists (BPA), has had its great rewards in being able to share valuable experiences, techniques and tips of the trade with her fellow artists.
Pamela has had the honor to have been featured in various magazines to include local publications: Images and Explore… regional publications: TravelHost, San Antonio Monthly and Austin Monthly… and national publications: Southwest Art and Western Art Collector. She is a four-time award winner in “The Texas Hill Country Invitational Art Show & Sale”. She also placed in the biennial Art & Conservation Art Show: “Our Hidden Treasures” hosted by the Cibolo Nature Center.
She feels she has been fortunate to have studied with exceptional artists and mentored by others who have given freely of their time and talent to help her grow as a fine artist. Pamela says, “My thanks and admiration go to Nancy Bush, Jeffrey Watts, Carolyn Anderson, Calvin Liang, Larry Prellop, Sidney Sinclair and Jay Hester… with a very special thanks to my high school art teacher, Don Hilton., who told her, “Pam, never leave art out of your life.”