Stenton Gallery - Pam Carter DA

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Salmon Station, St Cyrus

My subject matter is found in the rugged West Coast of Scotland with its isolated cottages and wild colours of the machair and bracken, and in the East Coast with its majestic cliffs, fishing villages and farm land. Standing on a high viewpoint the magnitude of the landscape dwarfs the white gables. Sunspots move across the valley.

The forbidding trip to the Western Isles brings great reward with its sweeping golden sands and turquoise tranquil waters which is almost idyllically tropical.

Skye, Lewis, Harris and the Uists have been favourite islands to visit and recently I have painted on Tiree and Coll. It's a place I've wanted to visit for a long time. Tiree offers idyllic settings. The Island's architecture is like a museum of Scotland's past with wonderful cottages sitting perched on the most beautiful of beaches.

A sense of a place is important in my work but for me it's not about capturing a scene with complete accuracy. Sometimes it is the elements and the untamed force of nature that inspire, but more than anything it is the essential quality of light which can be found in the Scottish land and seascape. I often interpret the scene with abstract elements allowing the paint to work for me. I translate this light in terms of contrast and colour -- often bold but always with subtlety and balance. I ultimately want to create a visual sensation and pleasing image.

Pam Carter 2002



Born in Tanganyika, East Africa to an Austrian mother and Scottish father. At the age of thirteen came to Scotland where she attended school at Bearsden Academy. There she was encouraged greatly by Nancy Morris. She graduated from Glasgow School of Art in the seventies and began her teaching career. After teaching at Braidfield High School for four years she took a year out to study at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. She spent a further two years teaching art in the Seychelles whilst on voluntary service with African Inland Mission. From the mid-eighties to date she has taught in various colleges, currently Falkirk College. 2002 represents a sabbatical year in which she will concentrate on painting.

She has had numerous solo exhibitions throughout Britain and also in the USA and has participated in several group shows including the Royal Scottish Academy (RSA), the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts (RGI), Visual Arts Scotland (VAS), and the Paisley Art Institute (PAI). She gained an award from each of the latter three venues.


Milngavie Watermill (shared) Milngavie 1975
Glasgow Arts Centre Glasgow 1978
Strathclyde University Glagow 1978
Gallery Elizabeth Chicago 1979
Moody Bible Institute Chicago 1980
Netherbow Arts Centre Edinburgh 1980
Strathclyde University Glasgow 1981
Ewan Mundy's Tams Gallery Balfron 1981
The Inn on the Green Glasgow 1981
Netherbow Arts Centre Edinburgh 1983
Torrance Gallery Edinburgh 1985
Cross House Linlithgow 1985
Eden Court Theatre Inverness 1988
Cross House Linlithgow 1989
Lillie Art Gallery Milngavie 1989
The Barbizon Gallery Glasgow 1990
The Mall Galleries London 1991
The Atholl Gallery Dunkeld 1991
The 90's Gallery Glasgow 1991
Gallery An Talla Dearg Isle of Skye 1992
Gingerhill Milngavie 1992
Scottish Amicable Glasgow 1992
Gallery An Talla Dearg Isle of Skye 1993
Lillie Art Gallery Milngavie 1993
Gallery Heinzel Aberdeen 1993
Gallery An Talla Dearg Isle of Skye 1994
The Green Gallery Aberfoyle 1994
The Aldessan Gallery Clachan of Campsie 1994
Gallery An Talla Dearg Isle of Skye 1995
The Green Gallery Aberfoyle 1995
The Aldessan Gallery Clachan of Campsie 1995
The Nancy Smillie Gallery Glasgow 1995
The Loom Shop Gallery Lower Largo 1995
Gallery An Talla Dearg Isle of Skye 1996
The Wilson Wilson Gallery Croftamie 1996
Macaulay Gallery Stenton 1996
Torrance Gallery (shared) Edinburgh 1996
Gallery An Talla Dearg Isle of Skye 1997
Lloyd Jerome Glasgow 1997
Macaulay Gallery Stenton 1997
The Aldessan Gallery Clachan of Campsie 1997
Gallery AnTalla Dearg Isle of Skye 1998
Ainscough Contemporary Art London 1998
Gallery An Talla Dearg Isle of Skye 1999
The Green Gallery (shared) Aberfoyle 1999
The Aldessan Gallery Clachan of Campsie 1999
Chetwynd Stapleton Gallery Portland, Oregon 1999
Richmondhill Gallery (shared) London 1999
Clarendon's at Harrods (shared) London 1999
Fosse Gallery Cheltenham 1999
Gallery An Talla Dearg Isle of Skye 2000
Richmondhill Gallery London 2000
The Atholl Gallery Dunkeld 2000
Centre Gallery Glasgow 2000
Gallery An Talla Dearg Isle of Skye 2001
The Green Gallery Aberfoyle 2001
Richmondhill Gallery (shared) London 2001
Stenton Gallery Stenton 2001
Morven Gallery Isle of Lewis 2001
Centre Gallery Glasgow 2001
Gallery Heinzel (shared) Aberdeen 2002
Walker Gallery Harrogate 2002
Stenton Gallery 2003
Stenton Gallery 2005


The Royal Scottish Academy (RSA), Edinburgh

The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts (RGI), Glasgow

Visual Arts Scotland (VAS), Edinburgh

The Paisley Art Institute (PAI), Paisley

Art in the Square, Glasgow

Affordable Art, London, Scottish Art Portfolio

Battersea Art Fair, Scottish Art Portfolio

Chelsea Art Fair, Scottish Art Portfolio

Art Expo, New York, Chetwynd Stapleton

The Laing Exhibition, London


Work selected for the Laing calendar 1993

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Award, RGI 1996

Paisley Art Institute Award 1998

Visual Arts Scotland 1999


Work in many private and corporate collections.


Ecosse Fine Art Prints, Edinburgh - produce 17 limited Edition Prints with outlets throughout Britain

Tartan 2CV - produce 8 cards "Scotland's Artist Series"

Laing Calendar 1993

Academy Calendar 2003

2002: producing two articles for The International Magazine