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Name: Pamela Scott McBride

Medium:Painting

Pamela graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in 1984 with B.A. Hons. Fine Art. Her tutors at that time included Alberto Morrocco and David McClure. The same year she was a Scottish finalist in the Stowells Competition in the Royal Academy, London.

On leaving college, she travelled extensively in Europe for eighteen months, returning to work in a gallery in London for a year.  She then moved back to Scotland, married and had two children, breaking from painting to bring them up. After a four year period working in the antique trade, the opportunity came up to return to painting again full time. Since 2004 she has exhibited in mixed and joint shows in galleries in Scotland.

She lives in Dundee and works from a studio at home with her partner and fellow artist, Charles Monteith Walker.

“My work has evolved over the years from mainly representational landscapes and still life to a more imaginative approach especially with regard to composition. I always begin with observing directly from nature and find as I paint, ideas arise from various sources such as books, poetry and travel memory and as the painting develops, the application of the paint itself can also suggest a direction.

This way of working has a very freeing effect from the constraints of reality and keeps me excited about the possibilities in front of me.

I have many works in progress at any time, all at different stages so one image can influence another. Sometimes it will take many months to resolve one of my paintings

Although I have worked in most mediums, oil paint is the one I prefer. For me, the paint itself is alive and is a challenge to use. I scrape back the surface, working and reworking, with layer upon layer of colour and texture.

I have been concentrating mainly on still life and flower paintings for the past two years or so and am now at a point where I will go back into landscape to use a similar approach”.