How do you approach your painting?

I have to get excited about a certain aspect of a subject and go all out to try and convey my feelings to the spectator. Since moving to Wiltshire, the landscape with its mystery and magic has engaged my interest and I have produced many paintings of the area. From several quick sketches and notes done on the spot, I develop my painting in the studio translating my ideas and simplifying the work, often producing more than one painting of the same subject.

Pamela Litherland

My work changes from time to time, but I always try to make a bold statement about the subject and despite the passing styles (of which I have seen many) I attempt to steer a certain path and keep focused on my main aim. I refer to artists whose approach to painting I feel in sympathy with, such as Bomberg, Hitchens, Auerbach and Hodgkin to name but a few.

Does your approach to glass differ from your approach to painting?

Pamela Litherland

There is bound to be a similarity between my work in both mediums but there are limitations in glass which, to some extent, determines the nature of the work. Ideas which are sparked off in my head, I interpret in stained glass, glass applique or lately fused glass in the form of small panels and exhibited alongside my paintings.
On the other hand a stained glass commission is governed by many restrictions and much information needs to be collected before the project is started. A visit to the site to discuss measurements, lighting etc. is the first essential and to get as much feedback from the client as possible. From the information gathered I produce designs to scale, possibly 3 in the hope the client will choose one. No two jobs are the same and each one presents a fresh challenge. I like to keep the client involved throughout the making of the window.


How is your work going to develop from now on?


I regularly draw from the figure and I would like to develop a theme using the human form. A subject which intrigues me is the underground and its travellers, a place of contrasts, one minute very crowded, all bustle and noise and the next it becomes an eerie, deserted tunnel. I have tried to express this feeling as an abstract and intend to exploit this theme further.



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