Artist StatementSeveral years ago, I came upon an amazing 1898 Botanical Album with dozens of carefully preserved, and neatly labeled plant specimens, each page artfully arranged (maker unknown). I instantly connected with it. Known for being a figurative painter, images of plant, leaf and flower forms have long appeared in the background of my work, helping express the core message that man and nature must co-exist as kindred spirits. This current body of work focuses on those botanical forms, bringing those images out to stand alone, exploding in size and complexity. The Album inspired a change to take a closer look at this side of my work, to further explore the depth and meaning of nature from another perspective. Another underlying theme is the image of an "open book," as well as a "page" taken from a book. Horizontal lines may appear in the center of a painting or along the edge suggesting the spine of a book. My life long love of books hold much personal meaning for me and it was not a surprise to find them finding their way into my work. In this context, books and their pages become representative of being a moment of time, yet part of a continuum in thought and physicality. Nature (and our connection to it) is rooted in my thoughts as a painter and the eco-spirituality movement that continues today has greatly inspired my work.
Pamela Phillips is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. Her work has been exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions both regionally and in South America. Phillips' latest exhibition was at Heineman Myers Contemporary Art, Bethesda Maryland, in October 2006. Her work is included in many public and private collections including the Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, DC, the International Headquarters of the Lockheed Martin Corporation, Bethesda MD, and the Distinguished Maryland Artists Collection of the University of Maryland.