My studio/gallery is located south of Santa Fe in a small casita facing the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and each day I am astonished at the passage of the sun as my studio is on an east/west orientation. From the soft rose morning skies, brilliant sunshine, and deep purple shadows to the golden light of sunset, dark skies, and colorful foliage I have a rich source of subject matter. When painting, I translate this subject matter into contemporary landscape painting… enhancing color, simplifying design, and using loose painterly style to create something fresh and new and a reflection of our high desert plateau location.
After receiving an BFA in Art History from Southern Methodist University in 1995, I discovered Santa Fe in 1997. The dream of living in the high desert stayed with me until 2019, when I purchased my small casita and studio, and I opened Pamela Trueblood Studios in 2021. I paint what I see in my neighborhood as I work to find the beauty in my immediate surroundings.
Currently I paint with open acrylics which have a long drying time, translucence, with the same consistency of oils on stretched canvas in varied sizes up to 3×4 feet. All my materials are archival and will last. I paint using my photos and I sketch directly on the canvas and use that as springboards for my compositions. I use vivid color, and semi-abstracted shapes, to express the mood of the place I am painting. My style gives my work freshness and energy. I enjoy the creative process of landscape painting because it allows me the freedom to transform nature into dramatic areas of color, shape, texture, and space.