Pam has always loved to draw and paint but choosing a career in science meant that for many years art became just a hobby. In her late teens her father gave her his old oil paints and she just spent time dabbling in techniques. Following the gift of a scraperboard pack she produced countless images of birds and animals as shown on the right, many of which she sold for silly money to her colleagues in the Zoology Department at Manchester University. She continued with scraperboards up until the 1980’s. During this period she also attended a pottery evening class where she developed a love of ceramics.

Her love of Raphael Madonnas had inspired her to try her hand at painting her own versions in oils but with only modest success.

However, having been more successful when copying ‘A Peasant Boy’ by Murillo, as well as painting several portraits of friends, she wanted to explore the area further. So while in Manchester she attended an evening class in Portrait Painting with a view to gaining more experience.

Her class tutor, however, encouraged her to try less traditional forms of portraiture. The faces were broken down into simple flat areas of colour which Pam originally painted in oils but eventually changed to gouache.



This was the start of Pam’s well know faceted style of painting and she has gone on to apply it to still life subjects and landscape. Pam carried on this work during her time as wife and mother and re training to be a teacher. During her 30 years in Alton she has been an active member of Alton Art Society whose support and encouragement she has greatly appreciated.

Her paintings of Alton have been used on a poster for the Watercress Line as well as on some publications of Alton Town Council.

In the early 1980’s Pam regularly attended an evening class tutored by Tana and Raymond (Jack) Briton-Riviere and it was here she was able to get back to working with clay. Before Jack had lost his sight he had been a famous sculptor responsible for the four near-naked figures (known as the "the flying ladies") striding towards the screen, on each side of the proscenium in the Odeon, Leicester Square. In spite of his blindness Jack was more than able to help Pam acquire many skills for clay modelling which she put to good use.

Trips to Florence and Rome have enabled Pam to soak up art history; the High Renaissance is her particular love and Michelangelo her all time hero. She continues to develop this area of her learning

Following her retirement Pam decided it was time to take an art qualification and was accepted for the Access course in Art and Design at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) at Farnham from 2006 -2007. Rubbing shoulders  with other artists had a profound effect on Pam and she was determined to take another step forward into the world of art, that of 3D design.

Spending a year in Foundation in the 3D design department enabled her to gain experience in metalwork and further her love of ceramics, but also introduced her to ways of working with glass. It was glass for which she developed a real passion. She was able learn and use techniques associated with both furnace and kiln formed glass. On completion of the course she bought a small kiln to use at home for both ceramics and glass. She continues to experiment with both recycled bottle glass as well as special glasses, frits and powders and hopes in the not to distant future to take a course in stained glass.