Pamela Baldwin at White Tiger Studios
Wildlife artist, designer, devoted environmentalist and a woman deeply dedicated to children’s health and well being, Pamela Baldwin has walked a steady path of achievement and recognition throughout her decidedly American life. A thirteenth generation American of French, English and Scottish blood, Baldwin believes that her aesthetic sensibility was formed as a very young child in a family marked by strong women with vivid histories and enough adventuring to enchant a child’s curious mind.
Each of these women, including a wonderfully named “Grandma Great”, was graced with an artistic streak that revealed itself in lifetimes of travel and collecting: porcelains, silver, Chinese snuff bottles, crystal, glass and art. The traditional fine arts of the home - knitting, embroidery, lace making and needlepoint were learned from her elders. The simple observations of a young girl, surrounded by keen eyes and refined artistic tastes, clearly were shaped by those around her.
Born in Maryland, raised in the Midwest, and living for 30 wonderful years by the San Francisco Bay, Baldwin now makes her home in Raleigh, NC. Her day, rather than being greeted by the blustery basso of the San Francisco foghorns, is often started sketching the traffic around the bird feeders near the stream behind her studio. Her dogs, Jake and Maizie Rose, join in by chasing the squirrels that work so hard to reach the feeders. It is evident from the moment you walk into Pamela Baldwin’s house and studio that her world remains connected to family and previous generations. At the very same time, as with all of Baldwin’s designs and personal philosophy, the aura in the charming home filled with books and surrounded by gardens, is one of the future. To quote one of her heroes, Dr. Jane Goodall, Baldwin lives with a profound belief that there is “reason for hope”, and reason to believe that each of us can make a difference.
Working at the most senior levels of interior design and architecture, Baldwin enjoyed tremendous success with corporate clients from leading Fortune 500 companies, legal firms, hospitals and restaurants. Her rewards included the highest professional recognition in the industry.
And so we turn to the latest chapters of her professional life. Baldwin has chosen to concentrate her artistic talents in the painting of wildlife and animal images and portraits, as well as the design of French porcelain, English enamel boxes, American embroidered linens. A portion of the porcelain collection “Wingsong”, made by Porcelaines Raynaud, Limoges goes directly to the Jane Goodall Institute. Her refined designs and true to life portraits reflect a lifetime of seeing and understanding both the natural world and the way in which we capture it in our applied and fine arts. What results are lyrical and expressive images and patterns, often featuring endangered birds, butterflies and other species that appear luminously alive in the various media. Her website: www.pamelabaldwin.com