Pamela Campbell Bickford was born in Orlando, Florida, spending her childhood years in the sunny South and her teen and adult life in the Seattle, Washington area. She studied piano, voice, art, dance, and drama. Her creative spirit is influenced by the charm and romance of Southern style and the independent spirit and natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
Pamela spent her 38 year teaching career as a Music Specialist and Primary Classroom Teacher nurturing the creative spirit in her students. Now retired, she is creating impressionistic watercolor narrative paintings, watercolor pen and ink sketchbooks of her world travels, writing and illustrating a children’s book, and illustrations for the blog of the Friends of the Archives at Inveraray Castel in Scotland. She continures making music and singing in her favorite genres of gospel, swing, jazz, show tunes, and standards.
Pamela is influenced by the great impressionists in music and art, such as Debussy, Ravel, Renoir, Monet and Degas, and by the historical novels she has enjoyed reading all of her life. Her work is narrative, contemplative, and romantic. and whimsical .
Pamela’s current work in watercolor expresses the anticipation of young dancers, the narratives of female subjects young and old, and her love of her equine friends. Her sketchbooks of trips to France, Germany, Switzerland, Scotland, Italy, and the United States explore the richness and beauty of each region’s history and culture.
Pam’s stories and illustrations are for picture books and young readers. She is currently working on a children’s picture book about three mice siblings and their adventures in the little garden where they live. Pam is also creating illustrations for the Inveraray Castle Archives, Friends of the Archives Blog, that depict the history and mythologiy of the Scottish Highlands.