Today we’d like to introduce you to Pamela Root.
Hi Pamela, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I have had a passion for art since before I was in high school. My brother and I used to see who could draw people the best. At that time, I was more aware of how to capture the human spirit on paper. As it turned out, he became a very fine still life oil painter and made a good living as an artist in New York City. I went on to the field of commercial interior design and did not start painting or doing any fine art endeavors until my late 50’s. I began with photography, sculpting and watercolor painting. As I developed skills for becoming a visual storyteller, I found myself most challenged with the watercolor mediums. I studied under a watercolor art instructor at night for a few years and painting with a Chinese art instructor during the daytime. Then I became involved with all of the wonderful art leagues in the Phoenix valley. On the weekends I participated and learned more skills from watercolor workshops. As I started exhibiting my photography and fine art throughout the valley I became passionate about experimental Chinese watercolor painting. I now teach workshops on “Marbling with Sumi Ink on Rice Paper.” It is a very spontaneous type of art that focuses on experimental Chinese marbling and watercolor painting techniques. It is a lot of fun for everyone of any skill level.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
The definition of an artist might be that you have to struggle some in order to find your true creative outlets. Artists seem to have no choice – they just have to do it. I still do not know if I can call myself a true artist as I have a lot of other things that I am also passionate about. Helping others be creative is just as important as helping myself. Art is not always a path one takes if you need to make a manageable income. I needed to retire from my design job before I had enough time and energy to devote to learning and creating art. It would be lovely if artists could make more money along the way!
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I enjoy going from one creative outlet to another. Each undertaking somehow links itself to the last one. I started out being known for my fine art photography but soon switched over to watercolor painting. My skills as a watercolorist are still developing. My marketable talent connects the dots from learning experimental chinese painting. I can relate to the spontaneous techniques that I have learned to being able to teach these techniques to others. I love the look of antiquity that is produced on marbled rice paper. Producing exceptional translucent or opaque watercolor paintings is still a challenge. When I was creating fine art photography it helped that I loved to travel and could experience people, places and things in nature in real time. This gave me a good place to jump start me for all of my painting endeavors.
Networking and finding a mentor can have such a positive impact on one’s life and career. Any advice?
Take advantage of all of the art classes that are available through colleges and workshops which are now both in person and online. A combination of both has worked well for me. Once you have time, volunteering in art organizations really helped me get involved and is a good motivation to create at a higher level. Social networking on the internet is a great way to reach a lot of people. I am a little shy on using that to spotlight my art but I know it can work well for others.
- Website: www.zynegallery.com
Pamela Root – www.zynegallery.com