Pamela Leavens was born in Chicago but has lived on both coasts and in the south. She studied traditional figure drawing and oil painting at the Atlanta High Museum School and the Art Students’ League in NY, where she lived for over 30 years. As both an illustrator and exhibiting artist, she paints primarily in acrylics, gouache, pastels, and digital mediums.
She has been a frequent exhibitor at the Museum of the Hudson Highlands/Hudson Highlands Nature Center (including a three-person show of children’s book art) and Mixed Media Gallery and has also exhibited at the Eisenhower Hall Gallery (U.S Military Academy, West Point), the Garrison Art Center, and the Mid-Hudson Arts & Science Center. She was a staff artist with International Paper and an art director with Trillium Press, all in New York.
Since returning to Illinois, she has focused on exhibition art as a member of the Galena Artists’ Guild, and as a participant in the Galena Center for the Arts’ Regional Gallery Exhibits. In addition to group exhibits, she’s had two solo shows at Chestnut Mountain Resort, Galena, IL, and was a featured artist at Longbranch Gallery Mineral Point, WI.
Her studio-on-the-Mississippi is in Fulton, IL.
Illustration Client List includes Union Carbide, International Paper, Centurion Security, Medical Economics, Trillium Press, Dunkin’ Donuts, Vernon Valley/Great Gorge Ski Areas, Swifty’s NYC, Scott Foresman, Harcourt, Macmillan-McGraw Hill, Sundance Publishing, and Highlights magazine.