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Pam Glover Biography

The following articles were generously provided by Nancy Dodds of Nancy Dodds Gallery, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA


Pam Glover passed away peacefully at home in April 2010  after a long and productive life.  She will be remembered as one of the major plein-air landscape painters in California.

Pam's work is notable for bold brushwork and the Impressionist use of rich layers of oil in brilliant tones. An enthusiastic advocate of painting in the out-of-doors, Pam painted entirely on location so that she could capture the excitement of sun and shadows falling across the California landscapes.

Pam was a founding member of the Outsiders, a group of fellow artists whose striking, fauvist style traces its roots back to impressionist groups formed on the West Coast to capture the region's great natural beauty on canvas.

Pam Glover was born in Shanghai, China in 1924, and was exposed early to Far Eastern influences in the arts. Her education is of a varied and extensive nature, as it includes a period in China- where she studied for three years with Olga Popoff; the Polytechnic of Art in Sydney, Australia; the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, CA: and four years with Lundy Siegriest, member of the Society of Six.

While in Sydney, Pam worked as a Fashion Artist at the Hamilton Art Studios. She also taught Arts and Crafts at Kingsley High School in England, and presently teaches painting with adult education in Orinda, California.  Her work has been honored by a one-woman retrospective at the Hearst Art Gallery, St. Mary's College, in the Bay Area.

Pam Glover was a member of the Marin Society of Arts, the Oakland Art Association, the San Francisco Artist cooperative, and the East Bay Art Association. She was the winner of prestigious awards, exhibited extensively through her career and her works appeared in hundreds of private and corporate collections including, Kaiser , Oakland, CA; the Federal IRS building, Oakland, CA; Bank of America, San Francisco, CA the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

Although her health declined over the last year of her life, Pam continued painting almost to the end, often accompanied by her friend, Teresa Onoda, who said,  "Pam was the godmother of plein-air painting in Northern California. She taught countless painters how to capture the peculiar mix or light and sky and color that makes our part of the world so beautiful. She was the link between the current community of plein air painters and the California founders such as Lundy Siegriest.  You’ll continue to see Lundy and Pam’s influence for decades to come."

From: The Monterey County Herald:

New exhibit pays tribute to plein air icon

Monterey Herald

Nancy Dodds Gallery in Carmel pays tribute to plein air icon Pam Glover with an exhibit of Pam Glover’s works.

She had so many students over the years that they called themselves "The Gloverettes."
One of Northern California's premier plein air artists for more than three decades, Pam Glover died on April 11, just after her 86th birthday.

An enthusiastic advocate of painting in nature, she continued to paint with students in the field up until a few months before her death.

In honor of Glover's legacy, the new exhibit, "A Tribute to Pam Glover," will open this weekend at the Nancy Dodds Gallery in Carmel. The opening reception will be held at the gallery tomorrow (Friday), from 4-8 p.m.

Glover studied with Louis Siegriest, a member of the legendary group of pioneer plein air painters out of Oakland during the early 1900s.

Carrying on this artistic legacy, Glover was considered to be a link between these pioneer outdoor painters and plein air artists of today.

She was also a founding member of the Outsiders, a group of fellow artists whose excursions "in open air" attempted to capture the West Coast in its pristine state before giving way to industrial growth and development.

"She lived and breathed art," said gallery owner Nancy Dodds, who described Glover's work as exhibiting bold brush work with strong colors and composition.

"This exhibit will show the joy that she had painting beautiful California," said Teresa Onoda, longtime student and companion of Glover. "To be a plein air painter is like playing a contact sport. You're out in the wind, weather and sun. It's joyous, but it's hard work. It's not for people who don't have endurance and the addiction. It really is like an addiction."

Onoda described how she and Glover would paint together every Monday, driving within 50 miles of Orinda, all over Napa Valley and the coast.

"We'd talk all the way on our drive, then we'd get our easels up and not talk for three hours," she said. "When you're painting it's very personal. It's you and your canvas. But the joy of painting on location is tremendous. Pam painted religiously. Painting was her religion."