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. Her work reveals the nuances of emotional experience, while simultaneously capturing physical reality. Compton radically distorts her surrounding world for emotional effect and visual pleasure, evoking powerful moods and ideas, and strives to represent the subject matter truthfully through a subjective perspective. Inspired by the vivid palettes and music of New Orleans, Compton’s paintings convey the deep heritage, history, and beauty of life, while eliciting genuine emotional reflection.
Compton has always enjoyed a creative life. Her one-of-a-kind batik wear, an art form she learned while traveling through Indonesia in 1994, was sold in San Francisco. Building it from scratch, Pamela opened The Grateful Bread Bakery in Bisbee, Arizona, offering visionary breads and pastries. A few years later, she moved to New York City and sold hand painted T-shirts and ties at the MET. When visiting a friend in Italy, she fell in love with the artistic expression of painting. Upon her return to the USA in 2008, she elected to spend more time observing the wonders of New Orleans through acrylics. In May 2016, her paintings were presented at the Five Points Jazz Festival in Denver, Colorado. Since 2011, Compton has been showing her work throughout Colorado and has participated in numerous solo shows with 73 Art Agency, including an exhibition for her TwentySixteen collection in October 2016. In 2017, Compton’s artwork was included in The Greatest Art Show Ever in Denver’s RiNo Art District, and in May 2018, La Cour Art Bistro and Cabaret in Denver, exhibited a selection of her paintings; Compton was excited to share part of the proceeds with the Rocky Mountain Down Syndrome Association. Since 2009, Compton has been painting commissions.