Anne Neilson Fine Art is excited to introduce our newest artist to the gallery, Pam Moxley! Combining photography and mixed media, Pam’s sepia-toned and black and white photos are transferred to a paint-layered board and finished with a high-gloss resin. Her work revolves around memories from her childhood and those of her own children’s, both of which explore complex themes through a nostalgic composition.
Pam Moxley in her studio
Hometown: Birmingham, AL
Currently Living: Atlanta, GA
When did you start your career in art?
I started my career in photography in college and photographed professionally for a while after graduating. I went into the corporate world for about ten years during which time I continued to photograph on the side.
How long have you known you wanted to be an artist?
It was after I left the corporate world that I knew that I wanted to take my photography to a different place, a more artistic place. I spent several years developing my technique and unique style before I started showing my mixed media work in 2006.
Describe your aesthetic in three words:
Nostalgia mixed with high concept polish (sorry I could not do it in three words!)
Describe your artistic process and preparation:
I am a self-taught artist who creates photo-based mixed media works. I spend much of my time chronicling the lives of my children and my surroundings, creating images that emote childhood memories for the viewer.
Once I have finished with the photographic component, I continue to create through several other mediums. My mixed media works are individually created with multiple layers. I start by painting a dimensional board with several layers and textures of paint. I then use an image transfer process that I have developed to add the photograph to the board. I finish each of my works with a poured layer of high gloss resin or wax. The combination of these techniques brings each of these individual works of art to life.
Favorite piece you’ve painted to date and why?
Oh, there are so many. Because my artworks often involve my children, I can not choose a favorite. Although some of my favorites are Deep Breath, The Chase, and The Wanderer.
Pam Moxley, Deep Breath, 40×40
Who inspires you personally and/or professionally?
Sally Mann & Annie Leibovitz
What challenges do you think exist in the world of fine art?
I think that the world of fine art as many other fields has always favored men. I genuinely considered using my maiden name and my last name in my art career. I would have been Scott Moxley. However, I realized that that would defeat the purpose. I am often asked who pours that resin for you or who does all the heavy lifting. When I tell them, well I do, there is always a bit of a surprised look.
How do you approach/overcome them?
By being a strong, engaged artist. I just do what I do to step up the plate and assume that the fact that I am a woman will have no bearing on the outcome of my ventures. Most of the time this works with rare exceptions. I also really enjoy working with other women in the field.
Favorite location to paint? What is your studio like?
I photograph everywhere. My studio is my house. It has taken over. I spend a great deal of time in the finished basement that is painted in bright colors including lime green trim.
A random fact about you:
I have a 10-month-old Great Dane puppy named Willow.
Favorite place to vacation? And/or dream trip?
I adore Italy, all of it. I have never visited a place where I did not find wonderful. Perhaps it is because I am half Sicilian.
What are you currently reading?
Re-reading To Kill a Mockingbird.
What are you currently listening to?
The Kongos, Imagine Dragons and Hozier.
What would you be doing if you were not an artist?
I would be an artist of some sort. I could not survive without it.
One thing you couldn’t live without?
My family, my husband John and four kids Jacob, Ali, Lily, and Sadie.
If you could switch lives with anyone for a day, who would it be?
I would not want to switch but I certainly would love to join Sally Mann for a day. If I switched with her, I would not get to learn from her.
Your all-time favorite artist and/or your favorite emerging artist?
Too many to name.
I would love to do several 12 ft x 12 ft works.
What do you want your audience to know about your work?
I hope to draw the viewer in and bring back childhood memories for them. There is nothing better than getting a glimpse of a memory that was completely carefree and without grownup worries.
What makes your work unique?
I think the imperfections are what makes my work unique. I also think they are what make them beautiful. I would hate to make work that was perfect.
Name one goal for your career you’d like to achieve in the next 5 years:
I would love to see my work in more museum collections and at some point, have a solo exhibit with a museum.
A preview of Pam’s work now at ANFA:
Deep Breath, 40×40