Artist Statement for Pam Serra-Wenz:
Being an artist provides me with the ability to immerse myself in hours of play and creativity. It allows me to share my dreams with others.
My paintings embody movement and color intensity. Sometimes I dream about what I will create. The results of my dreams are reflected in some of my abstract paintings.
I am grateful to have an opportunity to grow and develop a skill that flows with the richness of life.
"Paintings that embody movement and color"
My Process for Mixed Media + Sgraffito:
I use everything but a brush. In 2010 I created my process developing a three day underpainting of mixed media, gels and intense fluid paints with a lot of manipulation. I apply my surface paint with a palette knife, swizzle stick, color shaper, chunk of wood, linoleum and whatever else is around to work the paint. Then I sgraffito off paint to reveal the underpainting. The sub-illuminated quality of each painting reveals a complex and rich finish.
My Process for Oregon Rain Paintings:
It rains a lot in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) and I have found a way to appreciate it. I set out my substrate in the rain to get it wet. Then, I apply high pigment fluid acrylic paints over the substrate and dance while the rain does it’s thing. I take the painting inside the shop and minimally manipulate the painting surface. Paintings usually have several rains and each rain takes about three days to dry. These paintings can hang in front of shaded window areas so that natural light will reveal the substrate’s transparency. "I love to dance in the rain!"