Home and Away: The Paintings of Karen VanDam Michmerhuizen & Pamela Day
Home and Away captures the beauty of nature through paintings of Michigan's distinct seasons by Karen VanDam Michmerhuizen and Claude Monet’s garden in Giverny, France by Pamela Day.
Karen paints outdoors applying oil and cold wax to canvas with a brush and palette knife. Her plein-air landscapes capture the light, colors, and shapes she admired as a child growing up in western Michigan and draw viewers into their natural settings.
Pamela Day paints with gouache, a versatile and opaque watercolor, to capture intimate views of a giant Gunnera—from rising bulb to fanned out leaves—in her Giverny in Spring series. Each painting reveals a new stage of development with a variety of textures, shades of natural colors, and reflections of light in her signature “stylized-realism” approach.