'Artist of the Month'
followed her passion for art
She will exhibit her work at
Gallery 104 during March
LA GRANGE, Ky. (March 2013) – When viewing her artwork, it’s hard to believe that watercolor artist Pam Tallman has not always been an artist. In fact, she never took classes or applied herself until about 10 years ago. Yet, she paints like one of the masters, say her peers.
She described her work as “somewhat impressionistic to semi-abstract. But there is usually something recognizable in each piece.”
Tallman, originally from Cave City, Ky., began watercolor painting because “I love the wonderful surprises you get as it runs and mixes on the paper. There’s a beauty to it that you don’t get with any other medium.”
Tallman will be the featured March “Artist of the Month” at Gallery 104 in La Grange. She will have a varied collection of her work on display and for sale. An invitation-only opening reception will be held from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, March 9.
Tallman works in different media, labeling herself a “watercolor-mixed media-collage artist.” Lately, I’ve done mixed media, but I’ve always loved collage.”
She has now taken the artform to a whole new level, creating work from blending acrylics, made papers and collage.
She has a unique fashion for making her own paper. Materials she uses includes deli paper, paper bags, paper bound for the recycling bin and coffee filters with the grounds. Tallman then paints, crumples, crunches, sands and manipulates the paper with gesso, pastels, colored pencils, inks and image transfers.
The texture that appears on the paper comes from gesso, molding pastes, found art and layering. The papers are fused with a heat seal iron. “I am all about composition, balance, color and texture,” she said.
Pam Tallman painted
this piece titled “Poppy Love.”
Tallman likes to explore new methods in her artwork. “Change, exploration and new methods are what spark my passion.”
Inspiration can be found almost anywhere, she said. When contemplating a new piece, “something speaks to me. I see something I want to paint. I feel the passion,” and have to transfer that to canvas. “There are so many things you can paint.”
The Arts Associa-tion of Oldham County runs the Gallery and Tallman has been a longtime member of this organization. She served for three years as Director of Membership and Special Events. She helped plan the kickoff event that opened the gallery and said it gives artists, “a venue to show our art and meet other artists and participate in workshops.”
Kathy Dowling, Executive Director of the Arts Association of Oldham County and its Gallery 104, said, “Pam is one of our most prolific and diverse artists whose work has evolved from excellently executed watercolor to multimedia collage. Her work is very popular and sells easily. She always adds a bit of humor or personal touch to her work.”
Tallman doesn’t have a favorite subject matter to paint, but will create works that are comprised of people, places, buildings and nature. “I love to paint poppies and sunflowers. I love color.”
Her older sister, gail Mcdaniel, is a respected and recognized artist and watercolor instructor who lives in Franklin, Tenn. McDaniel has taught workshops all across the United State, Canada, Europe, Central America and South America. “I have taught over 1,100 different students since 1995,” said Mcdaniel.
Tallman studied under Mcdaniel, taking four classes in three days every other week for over a year. “I had never taken an art class before,” she said.
To say the least, “Pam is very dedicated,” said Mcdaniel. Tallman drove to Franklin and Nashville, Tenn., from Crestwood, Ky., to take the classes. She also attended several workshops her sister taught on Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, N.M., where the late Georgia O’Keeffe lived and painted.
In 2003, Tallman took a three-week workshop taught by Mcdaniel in the Provence of France. She was invited to study and paint in Monet’s Garden in Giverny, France, on Artists’ Monday. “I painted there on the Monday the garden is closed to the public.”
Tallman said she was in awe to be able to paint where “so many important artists have painted, and to reflect in such a gorgeous place.” While painting in the garden, she was able to visit different locations, many of which contained unique architectural elements, something that she “hadn’t painted before.” Her website contains an entire series of French art.
The South of France, known as Provence, was a magnet for the 19th century impressionist artists, and those artists of the 20th and 21st century as well, who were “drawn to the area because of the depth of light and the vibrant colors of this part of southern France,” said Mcdaniel.
“Just to be among the beauty of the garden with maybe five or six other artists who were also there by invitation only was an experience like no other,” Mcdaniel said. “Painting in this long time mica for the visual arts was indeed a blessing.”
Since her time in France, Tallman has studied at more than 30 workshops. “You can always learn something new,” she said.
Tallman will co-chair a Gallery 104 offsite art exhibit at Citizens Union Bank in La Grange in August 2013 with fellow watercolor artist Vicki Dennis.
• For more information, contact Gallery 104 at (502) 222-3822 or visit: www.aaooc.org.
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