Pamela Casper is a native New Yorker. Her formal training began at the LaGuardia High School for Music and Art. She went on to get her BA at Swarthmore College where she studied painting with Harriet Shorr and majored in psychology.
Pamela travels extensively and lived in Paris for two years where she became fluent in French. She has shown her work in New York, New England, France, Switzerland and Germany. Pamela has shown with The Watercolor Society of New York and received an award from the Pastel Society of America. She was a runner up for the NYFA Basil Alkazzi Painting Grant.
Pamela has been awarded residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and E_Merge at Earth Dance. Her work is in many private collections in Brazil, France, Germany and the USA. She lives with her her two children and husband in Bedford Stuyvesant Brooklyn, where she also maintains her studio.
I paint the natural world out of admiration and protectiveness. My studio practice combines direct observation in "plein air" with imagined landscapes. In my studio I conjure the parts of nature not easily viewable, yet their condition affects our world: the processes between roots and soil and especially now the melting of Artic Ice. Although my work is grounded in observation I use my intuitive sense of the subject to achieve an interpretation of nature. As I paint I am searching for the intended and unexpected patterns, colors and forms that derive from nature.
In the “Tornado” series, Watercolor on paper, the Tornado form drives the composition acting as a metaphor for the unbridled forces of nature. Each Tornado landscape addresses different life cycle themes, nurture, metamorphosis, habitat, involving insects, fish, bees, bird’s nests, plants, flowers or tree roots.
The “Tree Root” series investigates nature through more abstracted imagery and techniques. I imagine life underground away from the human eye, where nocturnal organisms intermingle with microscopic organisms, tree roots and rocks.
Working in Oil and Watercolor I mix representational painting techniques with an experimental approach that constantly shifts. Salt and resist guides the watercolor pigment to spontaneously create forms and accidents with the pigment from which I create imagery. This is especially apparent in the “Root” series and my new “Ice Melting” series, a response to issues of global warming.
My work presents a unique view of the natural world filtered through my imagination and passion, intended to move the viewer to engage in safe guarding our environment.
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