In my painting, I am concerned with creating an equivalent of the sensations experienced when in contact with nature, with its underlying energies and rhythms.
At the core of my painting practice is a deep connection with a particular landscape – that of the Dark Peak area of Derbyshire, where I lived for many years. The colours, textures and forms of this area of rugged and dramatic scenery continue to emerge in the work.
I have an intuitive approach and use a combination of media, together with a variety of techniques. The complex surfaces are built up in layers, resulting in an evocation of natural forms and elemental forces.
Pam Ibbotson studied for a BA in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University, receiving a first class honours degree in 1987. She was elected a member of the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts in 1988. Since then the artist has exhibited widely, including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Prizes she has received have included the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts Major Award and the Runner-Up Award. In 2012/2013 she undertook an MA Visual Arts (Painting) course at West Dean College in West Sussex, passing with distinction.