Pamela Dorris DeJong

Born in: 1952, USA

Lives in: Ashland, Massachusetts, USA

Media: Painting, Sculpture, Watercolor, Mixed media, Collage, Drawing, Printmaking, Ceramics

Describe your work in 3 words: Vibrant, Energetic, Powerful

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Lapis, Jasper, Turquoise, Gold - Encaustic, oil, gold leaf on panel, 24 x 36 in.

"Encaustic and other translucent mediums have helped me create luminous layers. After painting land and waterscapes for many years I realized that I could put forth healing energy towards the earth. Healing occurs through painting, meditation, education, sharing the message through the image itself."

What themes does your work involve?
The underlying concept in all of my work is using one's own energy as a vehicle for healing. This is applied to healing the earth, healing oneself and those around me.
Describe your creative process.
I research a concept, do a series of drawings, then usually work at a more unconscious level until it has design, color balance and beauty. I use multiple mediums to achieve the effect I am searching for. I often dream what I must paint and cannot let go of the image in my mind until it has been painted.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
The problems we face globally, the human condition in general, and preserving our earth for our children is my influence and inspiration. I make art because I am compelled by my feelings to do so. I have always made art since I could hold a pencil. It is a compulsion, a need, a requirement. I am meant to record my time on earth in this way.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
Art must speak to the viewer. It must resonate somehow.
What is the role of the artist today?
We are recording our time on earth. We are responsible for responding and sharing our interpretation with others so they can see what they might not otherwise see, understand a point of view in a different way, find humor or beauty or meaning to things they might not otherwise give thought to.

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