Pam Weber, "Les Maisons," 2003, acrylic on acid-free paper, 30" x 22".
By Jennifer MacLeod
Pam Weber has explored various artistic endeavours throughout her career, including printmaking, graphic design, textile printing and animation. All of these interests have coalesced in the bold and illustrative acrylic paintings she now favours. Working on tile, mat board, paper and canvas using generous daubs of colour, Weber focuses on simple, domestic scenes – a blue table; sun-dappled Adirondack chairs; a bright red armchair in a cozy corner – and more recently landscapes of patchwork-like hills and fields. Each colourful element is imbued with heaps of personality. At any second, it seems, her cheerful scenes will spring to life in an animated cartoon. Picture-making, says Weber, is a way to express her reaction to the natural changing rhythms of her life. “The work is devoid of angst. It possesses simple, appealing shapes, calmness of space, vibrant colours, a touch of whimsy, and an overall harmony.” Weber’s work shows May 8 to 22, 2004, at Fosbrooke Fine Arts, Calgary, 403-294-1362. Her paintings are also found at Artnest Gallery, Calgary; Rowles & Company, Calgary and Edmonton; and Gallery on Main, Lacombe.