Generally a representational painter, Pamela Hetherly probably follows a fairly conventional process when she begins to paint. But she has come to realize that if she lets go of just enough control, something unexpected may happen, and the things that aren’t prescribed are often the best part of the painting.
It starts with seeing something that she wants to describe in paint, then painting, wiping, and drawing as she goes. All sorts of unintended edges and exciting little nuances appear. The idea of creating, then destroying, redrawing, then creating again, is like forcing an improvisation with yourself, over and over like a call and response.
Pamela studied in Italy the previous summer at the Jerusalem Studio School in Civita Castellana. She was exposed to a number of incredible artists there, and it sent her toward a new way of seeing. Her focus since then has been to slow down, and to notice everything.