Pamela Ramey Tatum is a full-time professional artist, painter of cityscapes, street scenes, landscapes, and portraits.
Influenced and inspired by her artist/writer mother, Tatum grew up with a love for all things creative. At the age of 16 her talent was recognized, and she was selected to attend a magnet high school where she studied art.
Tatum’s love of stories led her to earn a Master’s Degree in English Literature. So it’s not surprising that in painting, her primarily interest is in storytelling. She says, “I am rejoicing on canvas at the miracle and wonder that life–every single breath of it–is. ” Tatum is passionate and wants to move the viewer, to have the viewer enter the story she creates on canvas.
2012 began a new period in her work as she began painting with a knife using lots of paint to create fun, textured paintings. It was then that her city scene paintings with “lovers under umbrellas” were born. These have become her signature pieces and according to Tatum are her most popular work.
Tatum’s knife paintings are bold and confident, and there is a vibrant energy to her work. She believes it is the juxtaposition between the rain (associated with sadness) and the bright colors and lovers (associated with happiness) that is the appeal of these paintings. She explains, “I think these paintings speak to the subconscious and its desire to overcome loneliness, to connect with another human being in the face of all the darkness and sadness in the world.”
In addition to her cityscapes, Tatum is also known for her portraits. She enjoys the opportunity to co-create with collectors who commission her to preserve their stories in a portrait or cityscape.
Tatum credits her influences as Monet and Van Gogh and all the impressionists whom she has studied. Her modern favorites include Jack Vettriano and Eugene Paprocki. Over the years Tatum has studied with many artists, including Morgan Samuel Price, David Gray, James Pratt, and Barbara Perrotti. For three years Master Artist, Robert Dorman was her mentor.
As a world traveler, exotic locations also drive her passion and inform her work. She has lived, studied and worked in France, India, Israel and Poland. She has traveled also to Slovokia, Turkey, Greece, Egypt, and the Sinai. She also enjoys sailing in exotic locations with her husband.
Tatum has been the recipient of numerous awards throughout the 15 plus years she has been included in art shows. Besides being an artist, Tatum owned and operated a gallery for two years. Her primary focus now is on painting and exhibiting.
Tatum will attend a month-long residency in Assisi, Italy, in summer 2018, which culminates in an international exhibition.With upcoming exhibits including a duo show in Venice, Florida, scheduled for 2018, Tatum continues to be added to private collections in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Her work can be viewed at The Hub on Canal in New Smyrna Beach, the Hyder Gallery in Lake Mary, Florida, and online at pamelarameytatum.com