Pam Lostracco is an artist and graphic designer living and working in Toronto, Canada. She graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design earning the Robyn Comyn Cumine Illustration Scholarship. While working for several design studios including Dinnick & Howells and Viva Dolan, her work has been awarded by the Advertising & Design Club of Canada, Applied Arts, and Communication Arts. Currently freelancing, she makes math workbooks look fun, sells mountain calendars on Etsy, and patterns on Society6.
Pam has exhibited at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, OCAD’s Whodunit? Auction, and the Toronto Pearson International Airport. She has been involved with public art projects including a bench for Liberty Village’s Benchmark contest, a slideshow presented in TTC stations for the Contact Photography Festival, paintings for the TTC streetcar shelters on St. Clair West, and a painting depicting Shelter sold in an auction for Design Hope Toronto. Recently, she was commissioned by the Four Seasons Hotel to make three large paintings for their spa in Silicon Valley.
I photograph nature because it transports me from day-to-day reality to a new, beautiful world. Nature gives me a deeper sense of well being and awareness as I allow myself to pause. I experience the softness of the earth, the warmth of the sun and breaths of fresh air. The camera gives me the ability to explore and capture all the tones, shapes and colours around me. I closely examine minute details or step back to compose abstract landscapes. Limited only by a frame, my perspective opens up to infinite possibilities.
While making my paintings, I’m re-creating that feeling I had while taking the photographs. I get transported once again to a place where I see pencil lines moving like floating wishes and water colours forming shapes like blossoming flowers; drawing on layers of paper feels like walking through walls of trees; I witness the aging effects of the photo transfer process like autumn leaves losing their colour; I feel the light box shine through the translucent mylar like the sun warming my face.
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