Artist Profile: Pam Carriker

Pam Carriker is a mixed media artist best known for her art journaling and portraits. Pam is largely self-taught, and her work is reflective of the more than 20 years of experience using a variety of mediums. Her work has been published numerous times in Somerset Studio, The Stampers’ Sampler, Art Journaling, Somerset Apprentice, and cloth paper scissors, and she serves in the Directors Circle for Stampington & Co. Pam teaches both online and live workshops. Her book Art at the Speed of Life was recently published by Interweave.

Q: Where you live:
A: Springfield, MO, but we are trying to move to SoCal. Anyone want to buy a house in MO?

Q: Why do you make art?
A: Because I can’t not make art. I’ve been creating in some form my whole life.

Q: What are you working on right now?
A: A Sketch du Jour—I’ve been sketching regularly since 2008 as a form of self-discipline, an idea for another book, and an online workshop featuring a new line of rubber stamps I designed through Crescendoh.

Q: What’s your current favorite, can’t-live-without-it material?
A: Caran d’ache Grafwood pencils, they are shaded to match on the outside and oh so much easier to pick up the one you need without having to try and read those little letters/numbers

Q: What’s your favorite tool or material?
A: A blending stump; it goes really well with the Caran d’ache pencils.

Q: What is your least favorite technique that you still use anyway?
A: Digital work. I’m very limited in this area, but sometimes you have to make a banner or business card etc and then I have to use the computer to design something.

Q: What do you listen to when you create?
A: Silence.

Q: With whom would you love to spend one day making art?
A: Lisa Bebi; we’ve done it before, though we didn’t have a whole day. It was so enriching to bounce ideas off each other, play with each other’s techniques and just create art for fun.

Q: What’s the most inspiring trip you’ve ever taken or adventure you’ve ever had?
A: Paris. I went there to teach a workshop with Lisa Bebi and Renee Richetts this past December and the trip was inspiring on so many different levels, emotionally, spiritually, and artistically.

Q: What’s the last thing you cooked?
A: A recipe for Trout Almondine that I got off the Martha Stewart Show.

Q: If you could surround yourself with only one color, what would it be?
A: See photo.

Q: Do you have a talisman/power garment/magical thing you wear?
A: My silver cuff bracelets from Toby and Max, they have inspirational sayings on the inside of them

Q: What’s your favorite place in all the world?
A: Tortola—I had a Cheeseburger in Paradise there once and it has been my secret mind-escape ever since.

Q: What one thing do you want to do that you haven’t done yet?
A: Take a two-week vacation with my husband, all by ourselves, no computers, no work.

Q: What’s the best day you’ve ever had?
A: I have snapshots of “best days” stored in my head, from my marriage, to the birth of each of my boys, to the marriage of my oldest and the birth of my first grandchild, all best days for sure. The most recent best day was to see my book finally sitting on the shelf at Barnes and Noble. The best day I’m looking forward to is the return of my oldest son from being deployed.

Q: When is your favorite time of day?
A: At night when the kids are in bed.

Q: What is on your workspace right now?
A: See photo.

Q: What is your earliest memory?
A: A lavender dress with purple satin lining that my mom made for me.

Q: What’s your best piece of advice for artists?
A: To “Do It”’ whatever “It” is for you. Don’t just think about doing it, act on it!

Q: What’s today’s Word to Live By?
A: Present-as in “be present” or “live in the moment.”

Q: What is your guilty pleasure?
A: Chocolate and bubble baths

Q: What’s the best book you’ve read lately?
A: See photo.

Q: What’s your one favorite material thing?
A: My wedding ring

Q: What’s your best piece of advice for artists?
A: Don’t try to do everything. Before you buy more supplies to try yet another technique (when you know it may just sit there and not get used), think about the kind of art you truly love to make and return to that, pushing forward and developing those skills. Don’t get distracted on multiple side roads; stick with what you love and watch it grow as you work with a focus.

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One Response to Artist Profile: Pam Carriker

  1. nancy lefko says:

    A great interview of a great person. Always fun to find out new things about my friend, Pam. I thought I was the only artist who liked to create in silence 🙂 Thanks for sharing this peek into your life, Pam!