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Pam Carter

Pam was born and brought up in Tanzania until she was 13. She went on to study at Glasgow School of Art in the early seventies. Her recent awards include the Laing Prize, Visual Arts Scotland, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Award at the annual RGI exhibition. Pam exhibits widely throughout the UK and many other parts of the world.

Having lectured part-time for many years at Falkirk College, Pam now paints full-time from her studio in Torrance. She is mostly influenced by the bright colours of the Scottish landscape. The white sands of the west coast are set against dramatic skies and the silhouettes of outlying islands stand like sentinels. Her interest in the use of strong colours may come from her origins in Africa. However, art school also taught her to see the colour and the work of the great colourists, from Titian to the Impressionists and has influenced her painting style over the years since graduation.

"A trip to the Western Isles brings great reward. Here one can find sweeping golden sands and turquoise waters. Tiree welcomes all with its never ending silver shores, scattered crofts and cottages and a quality of light that can only be described as unique. Skye is renowned for its weather patterns, and constantly I try to capture these interchangeable moods of atmosphere and changing sequences of light. I love the iconography of Harris and Lewis - the harbours, the boats, the birds. Arran alluded me for years, having missed the 'window of opportunity' whilst still at school. Visited and admired by just about everybody, I only managed to make my first visit in 2003. Likewise I visited Bute in 2004 to find breathtaking views across to Arran, lush arable farmland and wonderful Victorian iconography in the Town of Rothesay. With so many encapsulating scenes and shorelines, the East Coast seas and landscapes change as frequently as the elements of the untamed force of nature. I cannot resist trying to capture the many scenes - quaint fishing villages, rugged shorelines and sweeping sands. Often it is the elements or the untamed force of nature that is my inspiration. But more than anything it is the essential quality of light, which Scotland has to offer."

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