Meet the Artist
Pamela Grau searched inside and out for images and materials that would support her creative path. In 2009, while being treated for cancer, a new body of work emerged that was devoid of storytelling. The core of this current work is about spirit contained within design, color, and texture. It is about expansion and containment. The work has a mystical and magical component. It involves our most primal responses to nature.
It was my great joy in 2015 to get the call for the Ojai Valley Inn Project. I was commissioned to paint a triptych for the Inn’s new lobby. Each panel 4’6” x 8” with 3” between. The piece was to be hung high and seen from a distance when entering. It was exciting challenge and I was given lot’s of freedom to create and discover.
"The Nature of Things" derives inspiration from the Ojai Valley. It is said that there is an electro magnetic energy vortex over the Valley that can be seen from outer space. I do not know if this is true, but the mystical energy has long been felt and acknowledged long before our ability to decipher these things. The Chumash Indians, the Valley’s first residents believed that air held supernatural, curative powers and peaceful living was always maintained in the Valley. It is the “feeling of Ojai” that has brought some many visitors here for rejuvenation and relaxation.
As a visual artist I try to communicate that which defies words or understanding. I have explored regions, 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 created adaptations. Intentions set to evolve in one direction only to be affected by a slight change in a distant weather pattern.
It is random chaos that intrigues me in art, randomness and constructions, the interplay of colors and textures, the bulding of patinsa that rely on previous decisions, the histories of past activities.
The Nature of Things (3 panels); mixed media, 54 x 96 inches - Lobby Entry
Jacaranda Pods – White; mixed media, 12 x 12 inches - Lobby Bookshelf
Collective Conciousness; mixed media, 42 x 77 inches - Terrace Corridor