One of my earliest memories is saving to buy a gigantic box of crayons, then sleeping with it under my pillow. I was five and spent hours filling marbleized composition books with stories about princesses. My mother and grandmother taught me to sew when I was too young to start school with my friends, and by high school I was making and selling Edith Flack Ackley-inspired dolls. I designed costumes for the community theater and was never without a project in a shoe box on family outings, as we waited for Dad to take the perfect railroad photo.
I've kept a journal since I was 22, published three books, drawn, painted, created soft sculptures, masks, shrines and fabric jewelry, collages and other alternative realities. I make my living/support my art habit as an occupational therapist, helping others gain strength in their own ways. The Work to which I'm addicted is Making Art, an excuse to continue my collecting, my stories, and playing with wonderful colors, textures, and dreams.
Now that I've crossed the continent to the Pacific Northwest and have built my own home overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca, I continue on the Spiral Path, where my pursuit of art and vision has taken me: to create, to write, to teach, and to share...with the hope that you'll join me along the way.
To keep you involved with my day-to-day activities, I've created a BLOG, where you can find more day-to-day information and pictures of what I'm doing than on my formal site.
As I've decreased my "regular job" time, I'm again increasing my Art Time, so expect to see more and betting stories, images, classes, and Everything Else on these pages and on my blogs at : http://www.pamelasjournal.blogspot.com/ and http://www.hotflashwomen.blogspot.com/