The artist and teacher, Pamela Bumby, was born in Austria, but has lived in the Bingley area for over 18 years. Her mixed media paintings are influenced by her travels, including overseas, and are characterised by their strong, warm colours. After a trip to Costa Rica in 2014, she wrote for ‘The Artist’ magazine of her painting ‘Telegraph Wires, Costa Rica’ (shown below):
I wanted the viewer to feel the heat and started the painting with broad strokes of thin washes of red and yellow, and blue for shadow areas across the wet paper. When dry, I worked in thin layers of watercolour and gouache over the top, allowing the first washes to glow through, jewel-like.
Pamela studied on a Foundation Art course at Leicester College of Art, and later gained a Diploma in Art & Design (DIP AD) from Leeds College of Art. She subsequently studied for and gained an Art Teachers Certificate from the University of Leeds and taught art and ceramics in Leeds and Bradford in Upper and Middle Schools, and in Further Education, for 20+ years.
Her artwork is in private collections in the UK and overseas and has been exhibited across Britain, including at the Bradford Open at Cartwright Hall in 2013, where she gained second prize, and featured again at Cartwright Hall in the Bradford Open, 2017.
Other prestigious exhibitions featuring her work include ‘The Artist’ Open Art Competition in 2014 with Patchings Art Centre, near Nottingham, where she gained the Derwent Award and Exhibition Award; and ‘The Artist Collection’, Group Exhibition at Patchings in 2015. Pamela’s artwork will also feature again at ‘The Artist’ Open Art Competition, Patchings Art Centre in 2017.
Pamela has been an active member of the Menston Arts Club for over 25 years, including roles as Syllabus Secretary, Exhibition Secretary, and currently as a Committee Member.
Artist’s website: Pamela Bumby