Pamela Berkeley attended classes at the Art Student’s League and the School of Visual Arts in New York City as a teenager. She received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design. She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She had her first solo show at the G.W.Einstein Gallery in 1977, and was represented by them for the next twenty years.
In 1980, Berkeley was attacked by a dog and the nerves in her right hand were severed. Microsurgery was able to correct most of the paralysis and she could paint again with limitations. Her paintings, from necessity, drastically changed scale. The canvases were now 6 feet x 8 feet done with large brushes - painting life size portraits and animals, realistically. Her subjects were mostly actor friends dressed in various costumes and in various environments. ”I love the Pre-Raphaelites and rip them off whenever I can”, says Berkeley. After the Towers fell Berkeley moved to the woods of Massachusetts and returned to painting landscapes and still lifes.
Recent Exhibition: Then And Now, Nov 27 – Dec 22, 2018