As a visual artist I try to communicate that which defies words or understanding. I have explored religions, philosophies and nature looking at the handiwork of the divine and I see it everywhere. For me everything is explained in nature. We see structure and chaos, planned directions and creative adaptions. Intentions set to evolve in one direction only to be affected by a slight change in a distant weather pattern. It is quantum chaos that intrigues me in art, randomness and constructions, the interplay of colors and textures, the building of patinas that rely on histories of past activities.

Pamela Grau_2017
Pamela Grau_2017
Mapping process
Mapping process

My work is a balance between chaos and structure. It always begins with careful intentions

sketching on panel
sketching on panel
designing
designing
chemical reactions to metal
chemical reactions to metal

Patinas develop over time and layers. It is a building up process that is best achieved outside in the elements.

underpainting
underpainting

it all begins with a primer

preparing to paint
preparing to paint

gloves and masks! so easy but so hard to remember

Working outside
Working outside

Some of my work is extremely large. These three panels for the Ojai Valley Inn were designed to be viewed at a 60 ft distance and spaced 6 inches apart.

Ojai Valley Inn Commssion in process
Ojai Valley Inn Commssion in process

These panels were so large that I needed to work above my garage with a large brush and extension pole

process painting
process painting

there are many layers that you will never see.

Installation at the Ojai Valley Inn
Installation at the Ojai Valley Inn

I never feel done. Luckily, this installation needed a fork lift so this was my last chance to put my brush to the piece.

Cashcall Commission
Cashcall Commission

Much of my work is created outside due to size and fumes.

Pamela Grau in Joshua Tree
Pamela Grau in Joshua Tree

Jeffrey and I enjoy our 5 acre studio in Joshua Tree and enjoy long days of silence and uninterrupted creating.

Outdoor Studios aka Camping
Outdoor Studios aka Camping

Sticks, acorns, pods collected on camping trips are quickly made into new pieces.

Big Bear
Big Bear

collecting materials