Audrey Pfannmuller, "Fall Chroma," 2003, oil on canvas, 16" x 20".
By Heather Miller
Since her early days growing up in a rural northwestern Alberta town, Audrey Pfannmuller has found art and design to be an important means of expression. "I'm a bit diverse in my subject matter. I like to paint where the people are," she says. After using acrylics, watercolours and oils, Pfannmuller discovered pastels. "Their forgiving nature and intense colour allow me to bring attention to scenes that people have taken for granted. They pass by them everyday without really seeing them, and it's exciting to make people stop and enjoy the beauty around them."
Whether it's mountains, prairies, or beach scenes, she strives to capture the positive feelings inspired by the colours around us. Pfannmuller opened the Candler Art Gallery in Camrose in the 1970s, offering the works of parkland prairie artists including her own. She is also represented by Pacif'ic Gallery in Saskatoon; Gallery on the Lake, Prince Albert; Adele Campbell Fine Art, Whistler; Gallery on Main, Lacombe; Artbeat Gallery, St. Albert; Picture This, Sherwood Park; and Johnson Gallery in Edmonton. She shows this September in a group exhibition at Rowles & Company Ltd. in downtown Edmonton, and in Calgary.