Featured Artist Pamela Beer

Artist Pamela Beer presents a collection of boldly vibrant abstracts painted in oil and cold wax. Learn more about the artist by visiting her website.

 

abstract oil and cold wax painting by Pamela Beer

“Chilean Sea Bass on a Paper Plate” oil and cold wax, 20″ x 20″

 

I have always been creative and lived in a world of very precise, mechanical, technological reality—out of step with the rest of my environment.

 

abstract oil and cold wax painting by Pamela Beer

“A Dream I Once Had” oil and cold wax, 36″ x 48″

 

In 2013, I left that world where I felt I had to slog through everything just to feel normal.

 

abstract oil and cold wax painting by Pamela Beer

“When I Open My Eyes” oil and cold wax, 30″ x 30″

 

Now I paint and I am content to make art that feels good and that makes others feel something. Though I cannot control how my audience responds, I am always surprised by what resonates with others.

 

abstract oil and cold wax painting by Pamela Beer

“Thunderstorm” oil and cold wax, 30″ x 30″

 

Making art is a pathway for feeling things that I don’t believe the world always allows us to feel. I often experience joy and peace. And there are times when I feel dark and stormy too. These feelings may be evident all at once or individually, depending upon the length of time it takes to bring a work to completion. Each piece can take many weeks to complete. And since my emotions change depending upon the events of life, those differences definitely end up in the work.

 

abstract oil and cold wax painting by Pamela Beer

“The Brightest Days” oil and cold wax. 30″ x 30″

 

For me, my focus is mainly on our humanity—the simple things in life, our hopes, our dreams and the love we want to share with others. Human psychology and sociology fascinate me. Spirituality confounds me but it also pulls at me.

 

abstract oil and cold wax painting by Pamela Beer

“Citrus Squeeze” oil and cold wax, 16″ x 16″

 

Though I work with many mediums, I have recently discovered oil and cold wax medium and am exploring different ways of using it. I love how it can be transparent or opaque, and textural or smooth. It is like working with sculpting materials on wood panel. It reveals so much depth as it is applied in a multitude of layers that allow optical color shifts to occur.

 

oil and cold wax abstract painting by Pamela Beer

“Begonias with Butter” oil and cold wax, 20″ x 20″

 

Each work begins with several layers of oil paint and cold wax applied with squeegees. For other works, I begin the design right away or even begin a design over acrylic.

 

abstract oil and cold wax painting by Pamela Beer

“Eating a Sumo Orange While Enjoying Peonies” oil and cold wax, 16″ x 16″

 

I have no rules, just what feels right at the moment.

 

abstract oil and cold wax painting by Pamela Beer

“An Autumn Song” oil and cold wax, 24″ x 24″

 

Subsequent colors are applied with soft brayer rollers for a sheer layered effect and sometimes bold and thick for a stronger look.

 

Artist Pamela Beer

Artist Pamela Beer

 

Lately, I’ve even begun creating more liquid textures of the oil and cold wax mixture to enable brushwork or drips as a third way to apply the paint forms. The design plays out in a “call and response” journey and is complete when I have nothing more to say.

 

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  1. Lovely paintings. My favorite is Autumn Song.

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