Pamela Compton paints what she feels in addition to what she sees, resulting in large, bold artwork that is filled with passion, often flowing off the canvas. Through a whole body approach, Compton creates a paradox between expressionism and realism. She distorts her surrounding world for visual pleasure, striving to represent the subject matter truthfully. Inspired by her extensive travels from Italy to Indonesia and across the USA, Compton's vivid paintings convey distinctive traditions, history, and beauty of life, while eliciting genuine emotional reflection. Influenced by years of working alongside people with developmental disabilities and observing the joyful uninhibited way in which they experience life, Pamela seeks to express herself with a similar freedom and enthusiasm.
Compton’s work is primarily described as Expressionist. The influence of the Fauves and the Expressionists can be seen in her vibrant use of color, painting flat patterns in the most extravagantly brilliant hues. Colors play a central role in her work but are not necessarily the true colors of the image. They reflect Compton’s sensitivities and state of mind. The surging vibrancy and impassioned style as well as the freedom of execution are characteristic of her work. Similar to Post-Impressionism and Modern artists, she deliberately flouts conventional rules of drawing and perspective. Massive shapes easily fill the canvas which appears almost too small to contain the image, suggesting a sense of expansion as if the colors were straining at the edges. She paints straight onto the canvas without the use of preparatory sketch.
The artist's choice medium is acrylic on canvas, and she uses brushes and razor blades, fingers, palette knives, anything to get closer to the canvas and create more texture.
Compton’s paintings can be found in businesses and private homes worldwide. You can view a selection of these private-collection works here.