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Pamela Sukham spreads creativity school wide

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Kayley Isaacson, Journalist

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Pamela Sukham is a Sartell graduate and artist. Pamela graced Sartell’s halls on Friday, November 20th, with a school wide painting performance, teaching an art class, and presenting her art in the media center. Pamela has a unique story of how she became an artist, and her artwork is stunning and special.

In high school Pamela spent most of her time in science oriented classes, and she went to college for cellular and molecular biology. She was working in the medical field as a research scientist when she felt like her creative voice was missing. She had never taken a painting class before, so she went to a craft store and bought some paint, and from that moment on she started experimenting everyday. She now paints everyday in her studio in Minneapolis or her new studio in Colorado where she gets much of her inspiration.

Some of Pamela's stunning artworks

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Some of Pamela’s stunning artworks

Pamela uses a very thick style of painting with acrylics as her primary medium. She often just starts with an idea of the colors and design for a painting, but when she begins, the painting starts to have a life of its own. When she begins a painting- as we saw at the assembly- her work comes out in a burst. After the initial burst, she goes back in with a tiny brush with only 20 hairs on it to add details to the piece. This step can take weeks or months to complete. The final product is a painting with thick, captivating paint combined with delicate details to make an all together gorgeous piece of art.

Pamela's painting performance for the student body

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Pamela’s painting performance for the student body

After Pamela performed for the entire school, she instructed a painting session for three classes during first block. The session started with Pamela telling the students to close their eyes and draw what they see in their mind. Then DJ Flipstyle provided a beat while they painted whatever they felt moved to create for fifteen minutes. The experience was unique and helped students learn how to be imaginative and paint what is in their minds.

Pamela helping students make art

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Pamela helping students make art

Pamela’s advice to aspiring artists is to, “Remember to keep your passion alive and keep the creative fire inside going. Just from my personal experience, it is not always easy being a working artist; however, anything that is worthwhile in life isn’t easy. It all takes effort and a lot of persistence, and there is a lot of times you face rejection and the feeling that no one cares what you do. Just keep at your work and keep going because your creativity is so important.”

Thank you Pamela for an amazing Friday. Your creative energy inspired so many students, good luck with future painting endeavors!

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