Gibson paints with fire…and 145 pounds of beeswax

JACKSON, Wyo. — Jackson Hole artist Pamela Gibson admits she might be stuck between the ‘now’ and the ‘next’ of her career.

‘Portal,’ by Pamela Gibson.

Gibson’s personal transitional stage translates into her latest project—Liminal Spaces—a tactile collection of works that invite the viewer to walk with the artist through every phase of her creative chrysalis.

The 22 paintings that make up the body of work speak to this time of transformation, anguish, and upheaval, as well as the moments of hope and gratitude we find and share during challenging times.

“Encaustic painting allows me to embed objects and materials that other painting mediums would not,” Gibson says. “Look closely at these paintings and you will find burned dress patterns, feathers and tiny brass pins on which I imagine infinite numbers of angels dancing.”

Look closer. You’ll notice bits of scrapped memories—old letters, photos, and other memorabilia—put through a paper shredder.

Pamela Gibson. Courtesy photo

Gibson’s Liminal Spaces opens July 16 at Shari Brownfield Fine Art’s downtown project space. The gallery will host a limited capacity, RSVP-only opening reception on July 16 from 4 – 8 p.m. Guests are asked to book a preferred 20-minute time slot to evenly distribute attendance and experience the work in a safe and intimate manner.

The artist will be in attendance. Masks are required both inside the exhibition space as well as on the front deck.

The exhibition will continue through August 3. The artist and Shari Brownfield are partnering to donate 10% of sales to the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole’s Emergency Response Fund, which supports the community’s most vulnerable populations during COVID-19 through grants to local nonprofits.


Pamela Gibson is an abstract landscape painter living and working in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She holds a BFA from Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, Oregon.  After weaving for many years, she transitioned to encaustic painting, finding the medium more conducive to interpreting the land around her. Her textile sensibility continues to find its way into her work as a painter.

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