Pam Ingalls

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Artist Statement

I feel very lucky to have a good excuse to notice my life with paint. Even the simplest moment (like glancing at silverware on the table) has its own atmosphere – its own story. When I meet a person, walk into a room, or even pick up an orange, I get a certain feeling. There’s an essence that belongs to just that moment. I get to be with that feeling while I attempt to translate it into the poetry of paint.

When I’m inspired to paint something away from home, I like to take a video of my subject. In my studio at home I can choose just the right video frame to paint from, then begin by painting from dark to light. I emphasize light and color temperature differences as I watch the form reveal itself. When the painting is dry, it gets a glossy varnish, and is put into one of the frames that my friend, Walt Stempek and I make here on Vashon Island.

There are amazing things to notice everywhere. After witnessing wonders traveling in other countries, I see beauty at home with new eyes. Painting gives me a great excuse to stop time for a little while, and explore the splendor around me.

I hope my work inspires people to look twice at the beauty around them…..and to find their own way to express that.


Raised in Spokane, Washington, Pam Ingalls was first inspired by her parents, artists Richard and Marjorie Ingalls. She studied art at the Accademia Di Belle Arti in Florence, Italy and earned an art degree from the art department that her father began at Gonzaga University in Spokane. The more Pam traveled the world, the more she wanted to paint it.

After exploring a few side paths—among them, walking 7000 miles for peace and building a house—Pam returned to her painting passion under the mentorship of Russian Impressionist, Ron Lukas. Her widely collected, award-winning work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe, and Africa, and juried into more than 125 national and international shows.

Pam Ingall’s Studio is stop #23 on the 2022 VIVA Holiday Art Studio Tour, Dec 3-4 & 10-11, Saturdays and Sundays, from 10 am – 4 pm.  For more information on the free, self-guided tour and an interactive map, click here.