An award-winning painter, Pam developed her fine art style while living in subtropical North Queensland amongst sugar-cane fields and mountains of pristine rainforest and creeks. Historically, she rejected representational images and this, she supposes, was a result of an art college education that emphasised the abstract and the emotional content through expressionism, although during her schooling she was attracted to Surrealism, Romanticism and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood movement. Pam’s natural bent was for representational and realistic images but with compositions that also evoke the emotions. She hopes to influence people to look around themselves and see what they are doing to the environment. Consequently, Pam recently started a portrait series to promote conservation ecologists who volunteer to save or improve what is left of the natural environment.
Habitat VII Cardwell Lillies
Each year, around Christmas time, the Cardwell lilies bloom after the first wet season rains. First, the lilies emerge, then the shimmering bright green leaves. The leaves persist for months after the flowers die, then nothing until the next year. We see in this painting, native Wet Tropics World Heritage Area flora softly framing the man-made waterfall that flows into the fauna friendly pond. The pond attracts musky rat-kangaroos, red-necked crakes, buff-breasted paradise kingfishers (amongst numerous other species of birds), snakes and goannas.
372 Damaged: Tin mine
The tranquil turquoise water in this unassuming painting has a hidden meaning: poisoned water caused by mining! Mining has damaged uncountable watercourses in Queensland as it has Worldwide. The turquoise colour shows a high level of minerals in the water. Unlike the pure water of glacial lakes that are of the same colour, these pits are toxic. Birds and animals will die in them. In addition, the habits of the early miners were to remove the surrounding trees to fuel the smelters. My painting shows water settling in an open pit. Water cannot be contained in open pits and it will spill during heavy rainfall. The contaminants from historical mines are reported to continue for hundreds of years. Disturbingly though, mining still produces open pits and contaminates waterways and lakes.