Pam Lewis :: Artist & Traveler
I was born in Palo Alto CA and spent the majority of my life in Northern California. Today I live on on a small ranch along the Russian River at the north end of the Alexander Valley with my husband Rick and our dogs Buster and Theodore.
Like many late-blooming painters, I have a commercial arts background and made a living as an illustrator and graphic design artist specializing in services for the wine industry; logo & package design, marketing and website development.
In 2005 I began painting and was fortunate to join Graton Gallery, a delightful gallery in the tiny town of Graton CA. This was a great opportunity for me to develop my painting skills and sell my art! In 2013 I bid adieu to the gallery to have more time to explore life.
Western Folk and Big Skies I grew up listening to my Grandfather’s stories of his parents who emigrated from Ireland and Scotland to work in the California gold fields…, and of his life story of growing up in the Sierra Foothills in the early 1900’s. Historic novels about how the West was won, cowboy television series & movies of the 1950’s and 60’s, Arizona Highways, the art of Maynard Dixon, Frederick Remington, and especially road trips through the western outback – deserts and big sky country…, these have all ignited my romance with the images and colors of the West.
Critters Our home is a wildlife sanctuary filled with an abundant variety of birds that make their home along the river, the rafters of our barn, pasture, vineyards and wooded acres beyond. We have a resident barn owl living in our date palm, wild turkeys, deer, coyotes and other wild critters come down from the hills to the river.