Pamela Mary Derry (1932-2002)
She was born in Welwyn Garden City on April 13th 1932. She was educated at Bedford High School and showed artistic talent at a very early age. She started painting professionally at the age of 28.
She worked exclusively in oils. She was particularly successful in portraying scenes of the English countryside and was especially skilful at capturing the light and shade of dappled sunlight. Her distinctive style often involved extensive use of the palette knife. These lovely rural scenes are now much in demand as are her Limited Edition prints and greetings cards. In later life the artist settled at Wimborne in Dorset where she drew extensively upon the surrounding Dorsetshire countryside to inspire her work.
Her first solo exhibition was held at the Wold Galleries in the Cotswolds. Subsequently, during her long professional life, she held many further successful exhibitions of her work including at London’s Mermaid Theatre, The New Ashgate Gallery Farnham, Century Gallery Henley, the Bladon Gallery Andover, the Fortescue Swann Gallery in London and also galleries overseas. Her work is to be found in a number of permanent collections including Chelmsford Council and the Russell Coates Museum & Gallery in Bournemouth as well as private collections in Holland, Austria, Japan, Australia and USA.
In 2000, towards the end of her life, she published a successful set of eight new greetings cards and a Limited Edition print “A New Dawn” to celebrate the Millennium.