Wednesday, February 23, 2011

An interview with artist Pam French

Pam's upcoming exhibition, Pen & Pencil, is on at Sweets Workshop from the 12th March – 6th April 2011.
She will be present for the official opening at 2pm 12/3/11.

How do you describe your style?

I currently work in my studio at home surrounded by natural bush land. I have a variety of plant specimens and bones of small animals in my studio, used as material to inspire drawings. Drawing on a daily basis from life and from the imagination make up an essential part of my work.

Currently what is your preferred Medium?
I work in various mediums, of late I have been focusing on drawing. I take a small notebook with me and if something catches my eye I make a quick note, it may be a quick drawing or a few words.

Where do you find inspiration?
My inspiration comes from so many aspects of life. When I walk most days through the bush on my place I often return with “a find” and add it to my table to be studied. Family and friends give me dead insects and unusual looking things. I start with technical draws, put every thing away drawing again from memory. My imagination and hand are off, and I don’t always know where I will end up. Hopefully something interesting will emerge.

What drew you to botanics?
I have always had a love for the bush. I enjoy to garden and work outside. I live near the Mt Annan Botanical Gardens I go there to for time out to draw.

Why faces on tags? Well I have a thing for tags. I usually use them on the gifts I give. I like to draw people so I put them together.

What can viewers expect from your exhibition at Sweets Workshop?
I think in this show, you will find a mix of my recent work - large botanical drawings to small botanical illustrations on tags. My interpretation of people in their work place, more tags. Drawings from the imagination. Stream of consciousness drawings based on organic shapes, thoughts and dreams.

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