Pamela Joan Copeland ASA
Alberta artist Pamela Copeland has a passion for pastels. While her love of art has always been
near at hand, she credits a large part of her development as an artist
to Ron Wigglesworth, an instructor at the University of Alberta,
Extension Faculty. Ron truly introduced Pam to the lush world of
pastels in 2000 and he would also become a friend and mentor to her.
Under his guidance, Pam discovered that she loved the tactile and
sensual nature of pastels. They are the primary medium Pam works in and
she feels in tune with their direct application and the rich pigment.
"It is as if the color flows directly down through my arm and out my
fingertips, as though it were coming right from me. It is entrancing
and I am lured again and again to delve into that intense world."
Mixed media and mono prints are also part of of Pam's repertoire, again, introduced by Ron Wigglesworth. Her first completed show, "Voice", is a series of intimate moments in the lives of women, captured in ink mono prints and words. "While I have only dabbled in the world of printmaking, my experiences have been more than enough to whet my appetite for further experimentation. The possibility for further abstract creativity is a dynamic draw for me, and pushing my own limits just seems logical with printmaking and mixed media."
After 25 years in the woods and foothills around Edson and Hinton, she is happy to have the chance to explore the entirely different landscape of southern Alberta. An animal lover by nature, she and her family are the caretakers of 9 horses, 1 dog and 6 cats (notwithstanding the occasional feral cat that comes by for a bite).