Pamela Smith (b. 1950)
Pamela Smith is a self taught painter based in Bristol, Vermont. Her work is primarily portraiture of women and their relations; children, men, and animals accompany the protagonists painted amidst vibrant colorful backgrounds. Five of her Madonnas, life size paper mache sculptures, are part of the permanent collection at the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) in Baltimore.
"Even though I’d loved to paint as a child, it wasn’t until I was a mother with two young children that I started painting again. As a family we initiated "art night" where once a week we'd each bring a favorite object to the kitchen table. There we would create paintings with oil pastels. My love of painting returned tenfold and painting became a regular practice that continues till today. In the meantime my daughter and I started making papier-mâché pieces for display in our funky retail store window. Moving from painting to three dimensional pieces and back became fluid."