We had the good fortune of connecting with Pamela Fong and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Pamela, is there something you can share with us that those outside of the industry might not be aware of?
I was born left-handed and there was a very difficult decision to make (at a very young age) whether to learn to use my right hand or my left. My Mom used to always encourage me and even forced me to use the right hand because she thought it was disrespectful to use your left hand. Today, I use both. Especially in my artwork. Two years ago I broke my right arm. I could only use my left. I became able to paint, write and eat left-handed. It took a little practice but it came naturally.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a mixed media artist and I have always been an artist since the day I was born. My paintings convey and express the world I’m in at that moment in time. They are colorful, striking and execubrent. My father came to one of my one-woman shows in the bay area and a client asked him, ‘When did Pamela become an artist?’ My father answered, ‘When she was 4 years old, maybe 5, she would always sit on the dining room table and just draw and color. She wouldn’t eat, she didn’t want to go out and play, and she wouldn’t watch TV. All she wanted to do was art. You couldn’t get her attention.” Funny, to this day, I still paint on the dining room table, forget to eat and I really don’t watch television.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There are many places in Southern California I just love. I modeled for over 30+ years and one of my favorite places was Bullock Wilshire where they had the tearoom on the fifth floor. We would do floor modeling while shoppers had their tea, drinks and lunch. We would show the latest fashions of the season and designer clothing. Another favorite is the Beverly Hills Hotel. We would model clothes from Rodeo Drive at the Polo Lounge. Those were the days.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My Grandfather had always been an influence on me…Especially in my art. I remember him saying to me while he was painting a little red table he made for us, “You have to have patience when you are painting. It takes time, perseverance, and dedication on what you are trying to convey to achieve success.” His word really applies to everyday life!
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