Pam Furumo was first attracted to the distinctive vistas of the American Southwest by a 1950’s Arizona Highways photo-layout. Finding the multicolored earth tones and sparse native plants of the Petrified Forest and Painted Desert irresistible she began her career as a landscape artist.
After studying art and painting at the Rocky Mountain School of Art in her hometown of Denver and printmaking at Colorado State University, Pam settled in to the small rural Bellvue community just north of Ft. Collins, CO.
All year the studio fills with northern light filtering through the bay windows. In winter it is warmed by a wood-burning stove and the companionship of Fauxpaw, her mouser and muse in residence. When not exploring the red-earth country of the Southwest, Pam’s Bellvue backyard provides plenty of inspiration. To the east, the Bellvue Dome, a massive sandstone ridge looms above the lush hayfields and pasture land of the Poudre River Valley, providing subject for vibrant plein air studies.
With soft pastel chalks, brilliant hues of watercolor and bold splashes of acrylic, Pam renders the seasonal changes of her surroundings with expressionistic strokes.
"I search for "the magic place beyond the next hill…the place that returns in dreams…the search that never ends."