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Epic Eyes- Bee

Epic Eyes - Bee • 4x8 • oil • 2021 This work is one of Thirty- six paintings from the Epic Eyes series. In early 2021 and still dealing with the isolation of the pandemic, I again invited the public to send me pictures of only their eyes. Having spent over a year masked with only our eyes revealed, I set out to try and understand the subtle language of eye contact. I discovered that without the support of other facial features, it easy to misintrepret emotions and intentions.

Eyes Without Face Art

Eyes Without a Face – 21x33 x2 oil wood mirror 2021- This piece is an off shoot of the Epic Eyes series. Includes eight pairs of eyes and one mirror thus inviting the viewer to become part of this work.

Saint Corna Quarantia

Saint Corona Quarantina • 30x40 • oil • 2020 - This work explores the frustration of confinement and the civil unrest that ensued in many of our cities during the global pandemic and lock down.

Resurrect Us Infect Us

Resurrect Us Infect Us • 30x40 • oil • 2020 - Tis work explores the contagious nature of the virus. The viewer is being offered what at first glance looks appealing, but with careful observation something more sinister is being offered. Our human nature is being tested and resistance is our only salvation.

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About Pamela

Harford County

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Pamela Wilde received  formal art training at the Chicago-based American Academy of Art in the early 1980’s and holds a degree in Advertising Design and Illustration. Her early career was spent in Tacoma, Washington where she worked for the Tacoma News Tribune from 1984 to 1989. While employed at the Tacoma News Tribune she worked extensively in advertising design and editorial illustration. Pamela continues to grow and challenge herself as an artist and enjoys engaging the public is... more

The Corona Sisters

During the lockdown of 2020, I was fortunate to have a favorite model of mine agree to meet with me for private sessions in my home studio. 

We both agree to mask up and make the best of this bad situation. 

These sessions where a jumping off point for me to explore my frustrations with the lockdown, and the social upheaval I was witnessing all around me. It was a miserable time on this planet, in this country and for humanity.

Saint Corona Quarantina - 30x40 oil 2020. 

Explores the frustration of confinement and the civil unrest that ensued in many of our cities.

Resurrect Us Infect Us - 30x40 oil 2020

Explores the contagious nature of this virus. The viewer is being offered what at first glance looks appealing, but with careful observation something more sinister is being offered. Our human nature is being tested and resistance is our only salvation.

  • Saint Corna Quarantia

    Saint Corona Quarantina • 30x40 • oil • 2020 - This work explores the frustration of confinement and the civil unrest that ensued in many of our cities during the global pandemic and lock down.
  • Resurrect Us Infect Us

    Resurrect Us Infect Us • 30x40 • oil • 2020 - Tis work explores the contagious nature of the virus. The viewer is being offered what at first glance looks appealing, but with careful observation something more sinister is being offered. Our human nature is being tested and resistance is our only salvation.
  • Timelapse of Saint Corna Quarantina

    Desperate for human interaction during a pandemic, my model and I mask up to create something new. This was a three hour live session. The painting was completed from reference photos.

Quarantine 2020

Included in this portfolio are portraits created during the global pandemic that began in January of 2020.
The lock down within the U.S. began in March of 2020. Sending us all into quarantine for an undertmined amount of time. In an effort to releave anxiety, not only for myself, but for others, I launched an interactive portrait project called, Quarantine 2020

 I reached out through social media and asked the public to submit photos of themselves for a series of portraits paintings. It was free to submit photos and no obligation to purchase finished work. My goal was simply to keep my mind focused on art, and to releave a little of  our collective anxiety.  I created timelapse videos as I painted, and shared my process to further engage dialogue. At a time that is was difficult to focus on anything but the pandemic, I chose to paint anyone willing to send me their photos. 

Quarantine 2020 is a series of portraits created from client supplied photos. I approached this project with an open mind and little restriction of what I would agree to paint. Many of the images I received where of masked individuals, many of the images where also of favorite family pets. I recieved submissions from as far as California and as close as my own neighborhood. We all had one thing in common, quarantine. 

In all, sixteen 12x12 oil portraits where created as part of  the  Quarantine 2020 project. 

Epic Eyes 2021

Epic Eyes 2021 is a series of 4x8 oil paintings of only eyes. Thirty- six paintings are included in this series. 

In early 2021 and still dealing with the isolation of the pandemic, I again invited the public to send me pictures of only their eyes. Having spent over a year masked with only our eyes revealed,  I set out to try and understand the subtle language of eye contact.

I discovered that without the support of other facial features, it easy to misintrepret emotions and intentions. 

I later went onto use eight pairs of the eyes from this project to create a interactive piece called Eyes Without a Face , includes a 4x8 mirror, thus allowing the viewer to become part of the piece. 

  • Invitation to Epic Eyes

    In January of 2021 I invited folks to participate in a new project called "Epic Eyes". By the end of July, I had painted thirty-six pairs of eyes. Many of the works where sold directly to the owners of the eyes. The ones that where not claimed where then included into an interactive work called, "Eyes Without a Face".
  • Eyes Without Face Art

    Eyes Without a Face – 21x33 x2 oil wood mirror 2021- This piece is an off shoot of the Epic Eyes series. Includes eight pairs of eyes and one mirror thus inviting the viewer to become part of this work.
  • Epic Eyes - Callie

    Epic Eyes - Callie 4x8 oil 2021
  • Epic Eyes - Kimberly

    Epic Eyes - Kimberly 4x8 oil 2021
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    Epic Eyes - Karen 4x8 oil 2021
  • Epic Eyes- Bee

    Epic Eyes - Bee • 4x8 • oil • 2021 This work is one of Thirty- six paintings from the Epic Eyes series. In early 2021 and still dealing with the isolation of the pandemic, I again invited the public to send me pictures of only their eyes. Having spent over a year masked with only our eyes revealed, I set out to try and understand the subtle language of eye contact. I discovered that without the support of other facial features, it easy to misintrepret emotions and intentions.
  • Epic Eyes - Gary

    Epic Eyes - Gary 4x8 oil 2021
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    Epic Eyes- Madie 4x8 oil 2021
  • #25 Andrew.jpg

    Epic Eyes - Andrew 4x8 oil 2021
  • Epic Eyes - Bee

    Epic Eyes - Bee 4x8 oil 2021

Portraits From Havre De Grace

Portraits from Havre De Grace is a twelve-month long, community based portrait project, created by artist Pamela Wilde. Beginning on January 26, 2018 and concluding on January 25, 2019 members of the community are invited to be painted in a live alla prima portrait session. It is anticipated that over 100 portraits will be included in the opening exhibition scheduled for March 16, 2019 at Artists Emporium 220 N Washington Street Havre De Grace, MD. 
In an effort to connect with community artist Pamela Wilde works publicly in the front window studio space at Artists Emporium offering the public the oppertunity to witness her process. It is the artists intent to not only create a likeness of her subjects but to also further inspire the community to their own creative potential. This project has created a conversation not only about art and process but also about the roll we all play in building a strong community. 
To add your face to this project please follow the link to sign up.  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054faeaa2ea5fd0-model

Time Lapse Portraits From Havre De Grace

These time-lapse videos are of the live alla-prima portrait sessions of Portraits From Havre De Grace. These sessions are 3 hours and children's sessions are shorter at 1.5 to 2 hours.

I documented nearly all of the 119 portrait sessions with a time-lapse video. I felt it was important to document these sessions for several reasons. 

I believe there is something to be learned from watching an artist process. It has taken me decades to get to a point that I feel I have something solid to share. But that being said process is always changing and to be an artist is to change and to grow. 

In comparing videos you can se subtle changes in my approach. There are days where I experiment sometimes successfully sometimes not. There can be no success without failure so never be afraid to fail, it's just part of the process. 

This twelve month long project of 12x12 alla-prima portraits forced me to focus on the same problems over and over but with a different model each time. There where so many challenges besides the obvious. 

Eat More Cake

"Eat more Cake" is the result of my love hate relationship with food. The creations of these works required a level of self disapline not ussually required. I worked alone in my studio with the sweet smell of confectionary deights tempting me from the start. 
Inspired by the works of  Wayne Thebaud, I explored the the visual playfulness of color, composition, pattern and the human emotion food can evoke. 

Figurative

I have set forth in 2019 to create large figurative works in live model sessions. In this process I have the freedom to set the stage and explore themes using props and models. Inspired by the figurative works of great artists of the past, I am attempting to explore the figure in it's enviroment and trying to engage the viewer to create their own narative from what I have presented.

  • A Bar at the Folies de Grace

    figurative
    Painted in a live modeling session in November of 2019 ”A Bar at the Folies de Grace" was inspired by the work of Édouard Manet’s, "A Bar at the Folies-Bergère". In my study and exploration of art I often times pull my ideas from the masters. In this instance I found Manet’s composition most interesting as he had his young model posed with arms open. A simple gesture but her facial expression was that of disconnect or even despair. Manet’s bar maid looked less than engaged as her customer interacted with her.
  • Call Waiting

    Figurative Call Waiting Pamela Wilde
    16x20 •oil on linen • 2018
  • Domme

    Domme • figurative • oil Pamela Wilde
    16x20 • oil on linen • sold
  • Waiting for You

    Waiting for You • Pamela Wilde
    Waiting For You • 12x16 • oil on linen • 2019
  • Reclining Figure #1

    Reclining Figure #1•Pamela Wilde
    Reclining Figure #1 • oil on linen • 30x40 • 2019
  • Red Scarf Memories

    Red Scarf Memories • oil • 30x40 • 2019
    Red Scarf Memories • oil • 30x40 • 2019
  • Thinking of You

    Thinking of You • 16x20 • oil on linen • 2019
    Thinking of You • 16x20 • oil on linen • 2019
  • Summer Text

    Summer Text • 12x16 • oil on linen • 2019
    Summer Text • 12x16 • oil on linen • 2019

En Plein Air

  • Destinations Beyond

    Destinations Beyond •
    Destinations Beyond • 16x30 • oil on linen • 2019 • HdG MD
  • Lirio Cameo

    Lirio Cameo • Pamela Wilde
    Lirio Cameo • 11x14 • oil on linen • 2019 • Liriodendron Mansion Bel Air, MD.
  • Haunted 311

    Haunted 311• Pamela Wilde
    Haunted 311 • 12x16 • oil on linen • 2019 • Nocturne
  • Vandiver Inn

    Vandiver Inn  • Pamela Wilde
    Vandiver Inn • 16x20 • oil on linen • 2017
  • Noble Window

    Noble Window • Pamela Wilde
    Noble Window • 11x14 • oil on linen • 2019
  • Ebb Tide

    Ebb Tide • Pamela Wilde
    Ebb Tide • 12x16 • oil on linen • 2019 I have begun to concider working non representationally. This plein air was a response direct observation of the tide waters over several hours. Berlin MD
  • One Brush John

    One Brush John • Pamela Wilde
    One Brush John • 11x14 • oil • 2019 This is a painting of my friend John Sauers. John is a wonderful painter, artist and friend. On this day we both set up to paint and he boasts to me that he has created is entire painting with just one brush as I fumble with my handful of dirty ones. One more reason I think John is a very wise man. “One Brush John"
  • Under the Jones Falls

    Under the Jones Falls • Pamela Wilde
    Under the Jones Falls • 11x14 • oil • 2017 • Baltimore
  • Fire House Yellow

    Fire House Yellow • Pamela Wilde
    Fire House Yellow • 8x10 • oil • 2017
  • Seneca Mansion

    Seneca Mansion • Pamela Wilde
    Seneca Mansion • 11x14 • oil on linen • 2016 • HdG, MD

Portraits 2014

In 2014 I spent a year painting portraits of friends and family. I has always been my ambition to be a portrait painter and I give myself challenges to improve my skills.
These paintings where all created from reference photos I took on my subjects. Working from photos I believe is more difficult than working from life but I also know that getting portrait commissions would entail me working from reference. This was my effort to find a way to work without the live sittings. It was an interesting experiment and I learned allot.

  • Howard

    Howard • Pamela Wilde
    Howard • 18x24 • oil • 2014
  • Lydia

    Lydia • Pamela Wilde
    Lydia • 18x24 • oil • 2014 • daughter of the artist
  • Dennis

    Dennis • Pamela Wilde
    Dennis • 18x28 • oil • 2014
  • Dan

    Dan • Pamela Wilde
    Dan • 18x24 • oil • 2014
  • Gabriella

    Gabriella • Pamela Wilde
    Gabriella • 18x24 • oil • 2014
  • Ranger Roach (Col.ret. Army)

    Ranger Roach • Pamela Wilde
    Ranger Roach • 18x24 • oil • 2014
  • Lisa

    Lisa • Pamela Wilde
    Lisa • 18x24 • oil • 2014
  • Melissa

    Melissa • Pamela Wilde
    Melissa • 18x24 øil • 2014
  • Scott

    Scott • Pamela Wilde
    Scott • 18x24 • oil • 2014
  • Self Portrait

    Self Portrait • Pamela Wilde
    Self Portrait • 18x24 • oil • 2014