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  • Writer's picturePeggy Nichols

Pamme Turner, a multi-medium virtuoso artist whose work focuses on spontaneity...

Pamme's Philosophy

“I live my life as an artist and there is no art medium which is off-limits - I am fascinated by the creative art-making process and encourage my students to experience that same joy in all of their works.”

“I have always seen my own art as an organic process—riding the concept of creation as if it were a wave, never knowing exactly where it will crash, break or eventually flow. Whether working with watercolor, egg tempera, gouache, oil paint, watercolor pencils, mixed media, ink, or clay, my reaction to art mediums remains enthusiastically the same.”

And on her teaching, Pamme says: “My teaching methods are all about making art connections and achieving personal growth for my students —and having each student leave a class or workshop with much more information about how to make their art better and more satisfying than they had before!

“All my teaching is about that “important takeaway”—what is the one thing that you can learn to do in a workshop or class to change and improve your art today--and I make sure that in each session, my students understand and practice and implement the teaching topic of the day. I want my students to have personal success in all their painting sessions and leave with a feeling of accomplishment and time well-spent.”

'Barcelona Evening', gouache, egg tempera on Arches rag paper with gold leaf, 10 x 7 inches.

'Barcelona Shadows', gouache, egg tempera, Arches rag paper, 10x7 inches., 'Rock Chapel, Greece', gouache, egg tempera w/gold leaf, Arches rag paper, 10x7 inches.,'Olimbos/Karpathos,Greece', gouache, egg tempera w/gold leaf, Arches rag paper, 10x7 inches.

'Finikia/Santorini', gouache, egg tempera w/gold leaf, Arches rag paper, 10x7 inches., 'Collage Postcard'., 'Forgotten Spain', gouache, egg tempera, Arches rag paper, 10x7 inches.

'Karpathian Icon/Self Portrait', egg tempera, gouache on Arches rag paper, 10 x 7 inches.

As a professional artist with BFA/MFA degrees in Fine Arts and technical expertise in multiple and diverse art mediums, Pamme Turner is currently a full-time professor and former EI Department Chair of Fine and Liberal Arts at Saddleback College in Southern California. She teaches Beginning through Advanced Watercolor and Oil/Acrylic Painting, Plein Air Painting, Intermediate/Advanced Studio Painting, Life Drawing, Ceramics and Art History.

She has lived and taught fine arts classes and art workshops all over the world, including in art schools, colleges, and universities on the East and West coasts (US), at Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) in Laguna Beach, California; in Mexico (Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende); in Spain, Italy and Greece and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as teaching numerous study abroad/ plein air painting workshops worldwide, most recently in Cuba.

She lived and worked for over four years on the island of Paros at the Aegean Center for the Fine Arts, teaching Painting, Drawing, Sculpture/Ceramics, Art History and Greek Folkloric Dance.

Her watercolors, gouache and egg tempera paintings, drawings and ceramics are included in museum collections and numerous exhibitions and private collections worldwide.

Her work has been exhibited in national and international venues, including in NYC, Los Angeles and Athens, Greece.

She says: “Every day, my changing environment, either on location or in the studio, teaches me a unique artist’s lesson…to observe and react, not to preconceive the medium, method or outcome, to evaluate, interpret, focus and respond and…ultimately, to stay out of my own creative way.”

For more information visit Pamme’s “traveling artist” blog and her artist website:

'Nancy's Dress for Picasso', egg tempera, gouache on cardboard, 24 x 18 inches.

'I Thought I was a Goddess', egg tempera, gouache on cardboard, 24x18 inches,. 'Shards/Parikia', egg tempera, gouache on cardboard, 24x28 inches.,'Almost Matisse', egg tempera, gouache on cardboard, 24x18 inches.

'Santa Maria Novella/Penitent', egg tempera, gouache on Arches hot press watercolor paper, 24 x 18 inches.

'Mission Morning', gouache, egg tempera on cardboard, 16 x 20 inches.

Studio set up ~ 'Beth's Kitchen/Barcelona', pencil, watercolor, egg tempera studies.

Pamme Turner, in her outdoor studio.

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