Pamela Barcita is currently an instructor at the Visual Arts Center of Tidewater Community College in Portsmouth, VA. She has been teaching since 1986. Her classes have included Fundamentals of Design, Illustration, Art Appreciation, General Art, Drawing and Watercolor Painting.
She also teaches workshops for the Portsmouth Public Libraries and the City of Chesapeake's 55 and Better Program.
Pamela is the illustrator of over 25 children's books. Some of her most popular books are in series; Ruby Lee the Bumble Bee, Charles and the Lion Dog, and Boots the Cat.
The Ruby Lee the Bumble Bee series has won the Benjamin Franklin and Mom's Choice Awards for children's books.
Another Mom's Choice award winning book (and Pamela's favorite) is called A Walk With Grandpa.
Pamela earned a Master's Degree in Studio Art with an emphasis in Illustration from Marywood University in Scranton, PA in 1998.
She is a member of Southside Artists Association, Chesapeake Bay Watercolorist, and the Virginia Watercolor Society.
Pamela's watercolor paintings won several awards from the Southside Artists Association art shows in 2018-19, ranging from People's Choice, Third, Second, and First Place.
For the Chesapeake Bay Watercolorist, she was awarded a Second Place in the 2019 Spring Show and won Best in Show and Choice awards in the Fall show 2019.
One of her other passions is creating three dimensional artwork made with natural materials and home grown gourds. In two consecutive years her gourd art work won the Purchase Award at the Visual Arts Center Faculty Show. She hopes to be able to dedicate more time to working on her gourd art!
Originally from New Mexico, Pamela now lives with her husband in rural Chesapeake, VA in a log home on a forested three acres populated with many wild creatures, from which she draws inspiration for her artwork.
Two websites where you can see more of Pamela's artwork: