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ABOUT PAMELA HAMILTON

“For me, art is like breathing,” says artist Pamela Hamilton. “It has always been in me, it just had to get out. As a toddler, I would stick my hands in my mom’s plants and use the dirt to paint the walls.” From this earthy beginning, she has blossomed into an award-winning pastel artist and teacher.

 

Hamilton attended Chicago’s School of the Art Institute, then later studied graphic design. She began her career in print and publishing, eventually becoming art director of Country Sampler Magazine. The twists and turns of her life and career shaped her perspective and technique, and in 2012 she made the leap-of-faith decision to pursue art full-time. 

 

“I don’t think with words; I think in images,” Hamilton explains. “I’m inspired by the beauty all around me, and from there it’s all about color and seeking the light.” While she enjoys painting the occasional oil, she finds soft pastels more evocative for her style. “Soft pastels are immediate and versatile. They are portable, tactile and rich in saturation. I love their buttery, paint-like quality.” 

 

Hamilton has participated in more than 80 exhibits, including top-ranking fine art fairs, juried international competitions and solo exhibits. She has earned four Best in Show titles and numerous awards in other categories. 

 

Hamilton is represented by Edgewood Orchard Galleries in Fish Creek, WI. She is a member of the Chicago Pastel Painters, and a signature member of both the Pastel Society of America and the American Impressionist Society. She conducts a pastel class at the Art Box in St. Charles, IL, and has collaborated with Jack Richeson & Company on her own private-label collection of Soft Pastels, “Pamela Hamilton Basics & Brights.”

 

She resides in the Chicago suburbs with her husband David, whom she credits for supporting her dream.


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NOTEWORTHY
2018 - Richeson Soft Pastels created a Private Label Set of "Pamela Hamilton Basics & Brights"
2017 - Ampersand Pastelbord used painting "Haytime"  for Spring 2017 Retail Promotion


AWARDS
2019 - Monet Cafe Pastelists Facebook Group, Winner of the March Painting Challenge, Still Life   
2018 - "Geneva Arts Fair",
Award of Excellence, Geneva, IL

2018 - Monet Cafe Pastelists Facebook Group, Winner of the April Painting Challenge, Paint Your Pet 
2017 - "Off The Beaten Path", Juried Show, Honorable Mention, Bloomingdale Park District, Bloomingdale, IL
2017 - "Riverwalk Fine Art Fair", Merit Award, Naperville, IL
2017 - "St. Charles Fine Art Show", Judge's Award, St. Charles, IL

2016 - "Attention to Detail", Juried Show, Honorable Mention Award, Bloomingdale Park District, Bloomingdale, IL
2016 - "Monthly Contest", May, Judge's Pick, Daily Paintworks
2015 - "Monthly Contest", December, Judge's Pick, Daily Paintworks
2015 - "Food For Thought", Special Merit Award & Dick Blick Award, DuPage Art League April '15 Exhibit
2015 - "Monthly Contest", July, Judge's Pick, Daily Paintworks
2015 - "Monthly Contest", May, Judge's Pick, Daily Paintworks
2015 - "Garden Party", Best of Show, DuPage Art League March '15 Exhibit
2014 - "Monthly Contest", November, Judge's Pick, Daily Paintworks
2014 - Relic Batavia, Juried Show, Honorable Mention Award, Batavia Fine Arts Centre, Batavia, IL
2014 - "Squash, Gourds and Pumpkins", Best of Show, DuPage Art League October '14 Exhibit
2014 - Light, Space & Time, September Online Competition "Seascapes", Special MeritAward
2014 - Light, Space & Time, September Online Competition "Seascapes", Special RecognitionAward
2014 - "Monthly Contest", August, Judge's Pick, Daily Paintworks
2014 - "Monthly Contest", June, Judge's Pick, Daily Paintworks
2014 - "Bartlett Festival of the Arts 2014", Excellence Award, Daily Herald Newspaper
2014 - "Monthly Contest", June, Judge's Pick, Daily Paintworks
2014 - "Monthly Contest", May, Judge's Pick, Daily Paintworks
2014 - "Best of the Best", Juried Show, Honorable Mention Award, Alliance of Fine Art, Burning Bush Gallery, Wheaton
2014 - "Micro/Macro", Winner of Theme Award, DuPage Art League April '14 Exhibit
2014 - Light, Space & Time, March Online Competition "All Women", Special Recognition Award
2013 - Light, Space & Time, November Online Competition, "Rural", Special Recognition Award
2013 - "Here, There, Anywhere", Juried Show, Best in Show, Bloomingdale Park District, Bloomingdale, IL
2013 - "City Hall Exhibit, Art in Your Eye", Juried Show, Honorable Mention Award, Batavia, IL
2013 - "Annual Members Only Show", Honorable Mention Award, Oil Pastel Society
2013 - "Goblins, Ghosties & Witches", Special Merit Award, DuPage Art League October '13 Exhibit
2013 - Light, Space & Time, October Online Competition, "Open Competition", Special Recognition Award
2013 - "Memories", Merit Award, DuPage Art League September '13 Exhibit
2013 - Light, Space & Time, July Online Competition "Botanicals", Special Merit Award
2012 - "Keep it Simple", Juried Show, 1st Place Winner, Bloomingdale Park District, Bloomingdale, IL
2011 - "Lovely To Look At", Juried Show, Best in Show, Bloomingdale Park District, Bloomingdale, IL