Art-making combined with healing has brought forth enormous personal energy. Both a career as a pediatric nurse practitioner and a studio artist were necessary for me to arrive at internal and financial balance. Becoming a second-degree Reiki healer taught me about hands-on healing. After becoming proficient in conventional painting mediums, through a variety of educational sources, I became interested in luminosity, layers, and the atmospheric conditions creating the wavering vibrant color the impressionists saw. I was fortunate to travel to regions and plein air paint where many artists have painted before me. Experimentation with encaustic and other mediums that helped me create luminous layers became my focus. After painting land and waterscapes for many years I realized that I could put forth healing energy towards the earth and our oceans. Healing can occur through painting, meditation, education, sharing the message through the image itself, and explanation of the intent.
Pamela Dorris DeJong’s work is described as …”not stopping merely at transforming materials but also explores the healing properties in physical, psychological and relational concepts through the process of art-making…The intricately layered, powerful colors and engaging texture of this work communicates on many levels.” Artscope Magazine.
For many years her primary interest was plein air painting of the landscape including the Ashland Town Forest, Falmouth, and Martha’s Vineyard landscapes in Massachusetts. Travels to Europe produced several series of paintings of landscapes of England, Wales, Ireland, France, and Italy. In the past few years, she has explored interpretive expression of concepts working in mixed media. Recent work has been an exploration of the mechanisms of healing at a cellular level as well as a spiritual, psychological and emotional one as well as a series of paintings addressing environmental issues of concern, particularly relating to protecting oceans and shore-line habitats.