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Artworks by Pam Watson

My paintings are usually a personal response to the Waikato landscape. Certain places haunt me until I paint them. The weather, time of day, cultural objects, images from well known paintings – all become symbols and signs that add layers of meaning. Obsessive layering of paint or dry marks and washes reflect the growing intensity of feeling that comes as I work.
As a child I was fascinated by paintings. My aunt was a professional painter and my grandfather an ardent amateur. Their transformation into paint of scenes I lived amongst was at once mystery and magic. I was 30 when I first lifted a paint brush in earnest - and was hooked for life. I have been a teacher of painting in Hamilton and the Waikato for 25 years and have attempted to pass on my passion for painting to my students.

I agree with Henry James: “It is art that makes life…. I know of no substitute for the force and beauty of its process”

mixed media (610x455mm)
At the Lake- Pink Spider Alert
mixed media (610x455mm)
At the Lake- Moving
Acrylic on canvas (761x761mm)
At the Lake - Childs Play
Acrylic on canvas (761x761mm)
At the Lake - Flying
w/c on w/c paper (515x335)
"BEACHED !*%*+*&^..!!"
Mixed Media on canvas (455x455mm)
Last Light II - Raglan Heads
Oil on paper on canvas (300x300mm)
POP MYTHOLOGY CHARTWELL - Cassandra warns the Trojan women
Oil on paper on canvas (300x300mm)
POP MYTHOLOGY CHARTWELL - Nymphs pose with a Classical Aphrodite
Acrylic media and oilstick (760x1020mm)
Apollos Realm - Kawhia Harbour
Oil on paper on canvas (250x250mm)
POP MYTHOLOGY CHARTWELL - Medusa says FREEZE
Oil on paper on canvas (250x250mm)
POP MYTHOLOGY CHARTWELL - The Three Graces rear Unicorns
Oil on paper on canvas (250x250mm)
POP MYTHOLOGY CHARTWELL - Demeter returns Persephone to her friends

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