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Award winning Canadian illustrator, writer & watercolourist Pamela Meacher tells The Artist's Page a little about her work.
- Interviewed by Lesley Wilkins
Q. WHEN DID YOU FIRST START CREATING ART?
Early in my childhood, then I first put work 'out there' in 1969. I won 1st prize at the Easter Ontario Crafts Council for a large oil painting I had done, which confirmed that I was going in the right direction.
Q. TELL US ABOUT THE FIRST, OR ONE OF THE FIRST PIECES, YOU WERE REALLY HAPPY WITH.
My very first oil work that I did on board when I was 15. I had it framed for my parents, today it lives in my home.
Q. WHAT MEDIUM DO YOU WORK IN PRIMARILY, AND WHY?
I now work exclusively in watercolour. It is a tough medium that's certainly the boss for a while. Somehow, like magic, it's my hand that is in control.
Q. DO YOU HAVE FORMAL TRAINING?
Not really, I had one weekend workshop with Jack Reid, and I spent a week in Jackson Hole Wyoming with Carl Brenders.
Q. WHAT DOES THE PROCESS OF MAKING ART DO FOR YOU? OR HOW DOES IT MAKE YOU FEEL?
Researching and painting are a necessary part of my life. I'm a much happier person when creating.
Q. ARE THERE ANY RECURRING THEMES IN YOUR WORK?
Yes. Botanically correct native North American wildflowers where fairies sometimes pop in for a visit.
Q. HOW DO YOU GET INSPIRED TO START A NEW PIECE?
I have no idea as it somehow becomes an overwhelming thing I have to do. Some of my work has been the inspiration for the writing and illustrating of 3 books.
Q. WHERE HAS YOUR WORK BEEN SHOWN?
Royal Horticultural exhibition in London UK
Roycroft Museum East Aurora NY USA.
Roger Tory Peterson Inst. Jamestown NY USA
Kent Farndale Gallery Port Perry On.
the McMichael Canada Collection
The Robert Mclaughlin Gallery On
The Lindsay Gallery Confederation for the Arts Charlottetown PEI
John B Aird Gallery. Toronto On.
Toronto Botanical Gardens
Royal Botanical Gardens Hamilton. On
Toronto Outdoor Exhibition
Paper Mill Gallery
Colborne Art Gallery
Scugog Council for the Arts
The Framers Gallery.
Q. WHERE CAN WE SEE YOUR WORK?
In 2017 I will be a part of the Barrie Spring Studio Tour in April and the Kempenfest Festival of Arts in the summer. You can also see some of my work on The Artist's Page as well as www.pamelameacher.com.
Q. ANYTHING ELSE THAT YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE ABOUT YOUR ART?
I have written 3 books, two of which have won awards in the USA.
The permanent collection of the State University of Texas have all 3 of the books.
I have been published in Arabella Magazine, The American Society of Botanical Arts and various other local publications.