About the Artist

Pamela Gaard, b. Minneapolis 1955

My artistic interests began early in life with drawing, stitching, and photography — with a love for patterns and textiles from early on, influenced by two of my Russian grandparents. These days I’m primarily interested in drawing, painting and collage.
My portraits are painted mainly from life; my subjects include neighbors, friends, family, colleagues, coworkers, and other artists.

My education and long career in public health and wellness precipitated many interactions with refugees and other immigrants, particularly with East African elders living here in Minneapolis; and, many of these portraits were made with assistance from interpreters. Wellness and art conflate where the underlying narrative is to focus a positive spotlight on a community. Several initiatives with elders have created healing dialog and bridges in communication to discover a more loving and resilient society.

Collaborations with other artists have enriched my studio practice over the years. My portraits abate our isolation during the pandemic and reflect a continued practice of community engagement.