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Pamela Gatens


1953 -


Born in Dallas, Texas, Pamela Gatens comes from an artistic family. Her father was a professional photographer and mother an expert seamstress. Pamela began working in graphic arts while in high school, and enjoyed graphic design and typography as a career until moving to West Virginia in 2002. Pamela joined Greenbrier Artists at Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg in 2004 and began working in acrylic and watercolor. Pamela is now a prolific painter and entertaining teacher. She is also a member of The American Impressionist Society and a Signature Member of the West Virginia Watercolor Society and is juried in both fine art and craft at Tamarack, The Best of West Virginia. She exhibits at The Greenbrier Hotel & Resort, online with Carleton Varney, and Tamarack in Beckley, WV. Her line of cat and floral cards have been best sellers for years at Tamarack. Pamela currently lives in Hillsboro, WV with her husband Pat, dog Barker, and cats Pokey and Mack.


Pamela paints nearly every day, and when not painting, is gazing, studying or dreaming about it. She feels that painting on canvas is all about color, freedom and problem solving - thoroughly enjoying the abstract structure of all paintings. To her, the beginning structure is the most exciting part. No other activity gives the fulfillment that painting does for her.  She focuses on brushwork and layering in order to express her love of color. She finds inspiration in everything from beautiful flowers to a smiling cat. Her passion for art is so great that she feels nothing makes her happier than painting. “My colorful paintings come from the true happiness I feel in front of the easel,” she explains.




2014  The Art Class Annual Award - Greenbrier Valley Quarterly Magazine



2014  The Colony Hotel, West Palm Beach, FL - Renovation by Carleton Varney, installation of ten 30x30 floral paintings in new garden suites.

2015  MVB Bank, Charleston, WV branch. 27 floral and abstract paintings, main floor, lobby.


The Greenbrier Hotel, White Sulphur Springs, WV

            2015  Wedding Events Office - 5 floral paintings

            2016  Carleton Varney Office - 50x60 triptych, Hollyhock Garden


2013 - 2016  Carleton Varney, Dorothy Draper & Co., New York, NY - various installations, private collections, renovations.



2004-2016  All Member Show, Greenbrier Artists, Carnegie Hall, Lewisburg, WV.

2008-2013  Tamarack, The Best of West Virginia, David L. Dickirson Fine Arts Gallery, Beckley, WV.

2010, 2014  Solo Show, Carnegie Hall, Lewisburg, WV. Colorful Cats & Flowers

2016  Two Woman Show with Marietta Lyall, Carnegie Hall, Lewisburg, WV. It’s All About the Color!


2010-Present  Live Painting Demos / Trunk Shows at The Greenbrier Hotel, White Sulphur Springs, WV. via The Colony Gallery, main level.

2013 - Present  Teaching fine art workshops to guest groups of up to 45 participants in acrylic painting at The Greenbrier Hotel, White Sulphur Springs, WV.