Pamela Hetherly

Artist's Statement


I am an artist living and working in Mount Vernon, Maine. Painting is a way for me to keep learning and to entertain myself without leaving home. I often wonder why I would want to be anywhere else.

I paint with oils, frequently on site or outside when the weather allows. I think a successful painting has variety and contrast, and lately I've been working with warms and cools, lights and darks. I've been experimenting with interesting palettes and the limited use of white paint. I like the saturation I can get and the glow. I am also pushing the abstract side of things without moving too far away from the representational.

My first drawings were of horses when I was a child. Then in the third grade I drew a primer to help math-haters realize just how wonderful geometry was, and how geometry explained and related to the world they live in. Maybe this was the beginning of my long and quite diverse career, from medicine, to engineering, and now painting.


I studied in Italy in 2014 at the Jerusalem Studio School in Civita Castellana, where I was exposed to a number of incredible artists. The teaching honed my skills and set me off toward a new way of seeing and a new focus in my painting.

Three Rooms, oil


Green Doors, oil

From the Shop, oil

Civita, oil

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