on Abstract painting Minden Library1:30 PM
PAM BREKAS BIO
Active in Nevada Artists Association, Carson Valley Art Association and
several art leagues in California, Brekas has been actively showing her
paintings in judged and juried shows for the past five years. In 2002 she won an
award for experimental art in Livermore which got her really started showing and
selling. She has won over forty awards for paintings and digital photography
Retired from teaching art and English in Livermore for 35 years, Pam moved to
Gardnerville last year. With a college major in English and a minor in art,
Brekas is primarily self-taught in her current painting style, Brekas tackles
her paintings with rollers, scrapers, spatulas, and a seldom-used brush. The
approach allows for layering and a fluid style. For people who prefer color,
texture and movement, she paints. For those who prefer to know what the subject
is, she uses digital photography and the computer. She is a frequent contributor
to the "Capital Snaps" section of the Nevada Appeal.
Her work can be seen at the Brewery Arts Center Gallery in Carson City, East
Fork Gallery in Gardnerville and Artistic Viewpoints Gallery in Gardnerville
where she will give a one-day workshop on Feb. 4. Brekas is also involved in the
Carson Valley Arts Council.
My art leads me on a journey. I let the
muse inside me loose with the paint, and I never know what will come out. Color,
texture, and movement are extremely important to me; contrast and a focal point
need also be considered. I let the medium take me along for the ride.
Occasionally images show up in my paintings, and I donít try to force them.
Since I figured out how to work in this abstracted arena, I have found that I
can complete work. It doesnít sit half finished in the closet. The paintings
tell me when they are done, when they want another layer of paint, or where I
should define them. I enjoy painting, trying to figure out which way is up in
the work, and what to name the art. Itís a wonderful creative game.