2017 DUMA Biennial artist, Pam Ohnemus

Pam Ohnemus, Davenport, Iowa
Looking Up, 2016, acrylic, 16×20

I am originally from British Columbia Canada but have called Davenport home for the last 35 years. I received my BA from the University of Northern Iowa in Art Education, where I was awarded a free tuition art scholarship for my last two years and completed my MA from Western Illinois. I taught art in the Davenport School District from 1980-2013.

Our natural environment is a powerful focus of my artwork. Macro and micro environments fill my paintings, engaging the viewer in their detail. Even while painting tranquil scenes, I achieve active color sensations by layering color over complementary underpaintings. The tall grass prairie is an irreplaceable tapestry of plant and animal life. I paint dynamic compositions of Midwest prairie remnants so that the viewer can appreciate and see the need for their maintenance before they are lost forever.