Pam Lostracco is a muralist and graphic designer in Toronto. She graduated from OCAD with two scholarships, then spent an early career working at design studios creating brands, books and illustrations.
With a deep interest in travel and nature, Pam started a mixed-media style of artwork that layered her travel photographs with floral drawings. These paintings were in exhibitions at the McMichael, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition and Toronto Pearson International Airport. She also collaborated in community art projects with Liberty Village, the TTC for the Contact Photography Festival, and RedEye Gallery for the Luminato Festival. Pam’s artwork has been purchased by the Four Seasons Hotel, Craft Ontario and The Textile Museum of Canada.
Pam’s experience in design and love for the outdoors, expanded into a mural business. For the past 4 years, she’s painted murals from Toronto to British Columbia, in residences, restaurants, boutique shops and resorts. Pam is the original creator of the Mountain Mural which continues to go viral on Pinterest and YouTube as people recreate it all around the world. Customers are thrilled with the quality of their murals and how they’ve improved their homes and businesses. Reviews show that murals do indeed make a space become more uplifting—and make us feel pretty marvelous too.
My work is a study of nature and how it integrates into urban environments. Being in parks, gardens and forests is my nature-therapy. From my experiences exploring parks and gardens in Toronto, to traveling through landscapes further abroad, I’ve felt a deeper sense of well being. It’s also been proven that being in or even looking at nature has health benefits by reducing stress and anxiety. I’m passionate about transferring that feeling by painting murals of plants and landscapes in the city, to bring more beauty and positivity in our everyday lives.
I draw contour lines of realistic forms and then use colour gradients to create a cohesive composition. My process includes researching the location, history, community and how people use the space. My murals range from—a colourful beach sunset that reflects the lively and diverse community in Kensington Market, to a calming mountain-scape that greets visitors and connects them to the surrounding view at Grouse Mountain Resort. Every mural is designed to make an interior or public space feel more inviting and engaging.
Illustration, Graphic/Digital Art, Painting, Photography
© 2018 The PATCH (Public Art Through Construction Hoarding) Project - all images are copyrighted by the artist, unless otherwise noted