Pam Clingan (Paws Fine Art)
ART – The arts have always been my strength. The art room at school was always a sanctuary for me when I really didn’t want to be at school. Our teacher, who I stay in touch with, allowed us to listen to LPs, introducing me to David Bowie’s Hunky Dory, still, my favourite album of all time. I gained both O’ and A’ Levels in art.
MUSIC & THE BBC – But, from an early age, music shone through the strongest, winning festivals, excelling in grades and gaining a place at the Guildhall School of Music as 1st study Pianist. After graduating, I became a Sound Engineer at BBC Broadcasting House after enjoying working on Desert Island Discs as PA, meeting many prolific artistes. My favourites being Rowan Atkinson and the late Michael Gambon. A favourite memory was getting in the lift from the canteen and finding both Bob Monkhouse and Fenella Fielding – Icons, Wow!!
NORMAL LIFE – When I married, I moved back to my hometown and took up Equestrian photography and journalism. This wasn’t something new, as I sat on my first pony aged 2 and was heavily involved with the Champion Connemara Stud that my parents established in 1971. We went around the County Shows every year until 2014 when I inherited the Stud on the passing of my father. I took on the responsibility of continuing their bloodlines and my own.
COVID & BEYOND – During Covid, (it sure was an unusual time), I started taking art classes again and since then it’s been a fast progression of expression and exploration. I had always felt drawn to pastels (soft & pencils) and this is where I am currently specialising using my knowledge and love of ponies and cats as a springboard for portraits and my own works that visually excite and inspire me.