Pam Galvani

Large-Format Monotypes


Series notes:

Kamla Kakaria and Larry Calkins inspired the making of these pieces. Last spring they suggested that I work larger than my usual 8" x 8" frame and that I incorporate lettering into the art.

The work here at Northwest Encaustic is from a group of twenty-five pieces that resulted from Kamla's and Larry's suggestion. I have made each piece with the intention of exploring gesture within the large-format composition.

As an experienced calligrapher, I am fascinated by rhthym, movement, and pattern in lettering. As a printmaker, I am intrigued by layering, inking choices, and inetractions of colors. This effort of working large while maintaining the directness of the pen-made gesture has proved to be a challenging and satisfying focus.

Pam's first memory of exhibiting her work is from kindergarten, when her teacher displayed a huge poinsettia she had painted with tempera paints on newsprint for everyone to see. Pam liked the feed-back from those who saw it and her new-found fame among her classmates.

Since those early days in Oklahoma, Pam has continued to love making art. She first studied calligraphy in 1977 and continues to regard that discipline as a strong foundation for her explorations into drawing, painting, and printmaking.

For many years, Pam taught history to high school students, calligraphy to all ages, and English to college freshmen. She has always pursued her curiosity about how art fits into each and every corner of her world. Travel has played a major role in expanding her understanding of how art holds meaning across cultures.

She and her husband Bill and their two children have relished the opportunity to live in many parts of the United States. Always, the local geography and regional emphasis of each area have influenced Pam’s artwork. She has become more deeply involved with each area by making art that relates to that region.

Living in the Pacific Northwest for the past 16 years has proven to be a uniquely rich experience. Here, the grey skies encourage lots of indoor studio time. The splendid combination of sky, mountains, and the Puget Sound daily provides new inspiration. And the supportive arts community is a nurturing environment in which to continue experimenting and exploring making art.