Paintings by Pamela Kendall Schiffer
Kristin-Wigley Fleming Fine Arts Gallery, Center for the Arts
October 23-December 11, 2015
There will be a gallery reception on Saturday, October 24th, from 2:00-4:00 pm in the Kristin Wigley-Fleming Gallery. All are welcome to attend.
Pamela Kendall Schiffer, a California native, studied painting and ceramics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, earning her B.A. in 1982. Her work has been exhibited at the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming, and in California at the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Westmont College and the Museum of Ventura County.
Her paintings are painstakingly created from dozens of layers of paint, working from sketches and photographs taken during multiple visits to each sight. Though the natural setting is always a focus of the work, she prefers to depict these landscapes in ways that are not "standard" focusing only on the most important qualities, the atmosphere, and the light. Gallery owner Craig Krull, on the subject of Schiffer's work, noted that, “It is perhaps Schiffer’s quality of light that is the most sacred and evocative element of her work. Her interpretations of moon glow are as haunting as an Albert Pinkham Ryder, and her depictions of flattened light in cloud-covered snow scenes give one the sense that their evenness of light is symbolic of a quiet harmony of all things.”
She currently resides in Davenport, Iowa, but makes frequent trips to Yellowstone to gather materials for her work.
To learn more about Schiffer and her current art projects, please visit her personal website.
My paintings go beyond the standard views of these iconic places. I try to pare down a scene to its essential qualities, imparting a sense of atmosphere and stillness, and paying attention, as always, to the quality of light.
I am moved by the power of simple things in my observations of nature, be it a lone drifting cloud, birds soaring, a stand of trees in the distance, backlit and glowing, or the sublime blue of the sky. My paintings reflect my sense of things beautiful and profound, joyful and optimistic, quiet, still and timeless.
-Pamela Kendall Schiffer