Pamela Joy Trow :: Illustrative Storyteller
During her childhood in Brooklyn, NY, Pamela Joy Trow’s world was ignited by the words of her perceptive kindergarten teacher, “You should be an artist when you grow up.” And that’s exactly what she did.
After graduating from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Trow pursued a career in visual communications. As a graphic designer and illustrator in Atlanta, Georgia, she worked with a variety of clients and taught at The Portfolio Center. The design industry and teaching sensitized her to the power of an image and its message…which serves as the foundation of her art today.
Using vibrant colors, Pamela’s work expresses her passion for impact. Her love for drawing is evident in her intensely detailed ink work that adds definition and texture to the colorful imagery.
Inspired by her environment, Pamela’s 13 years in Bend, Oregon produced a series of shadowboxes that integrated digitally-produced art, her poetry, found objects, and jewelry parts. The work received much acclaim and was a featured visual artist on the Oregon Public Broadcasting show, Oregon Art Beat.
During her time in Bend, Pamela was appointed by the mayor to the City of Bend Arts, Beautification & Culture Commission. Serving six years, four as chair, she dedicated her time to helping local artists expand their opportunities. Her accomplishments included the creation of “City Walls at City Hall”, an innovative art show that brought the art and business community together, and much-needed revitalization to a public space, Bend City Hall.
After her service, yearning for something “new”, Pamela began exploring using needlepoint as a painting medium. Working on needlepoint canvas, she used a random stitch to create a tight, pebbly texture. Once she finished the image, she’d create the next image in relationship to it. With her love for detail, she’d enhance the images with embellishments, jewelry parts, and found objects.
Two years in Santa Fe, the New Mexican culture inspired a well-received series of paintings on the Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead. The series was the impetus for developing a line of prints and cards sold today, through museum shops, art centers, and niche boutiques.
Landing in St. Petersburg, Florida in 2016, Pamela is invigorated to be part of the art community and continues to create being inspirited by the beautiful Florida sun and water.