Pamela Cluthe

Pamela Cluthe (Self-Taught Artist): A Journey of Self-Discovery

Today we are introducing a local artist – Pamela Cluthe – author of the “Zen Colouring Book”!

Before we get to know more about Pamela’s art journey, do you know why do we make art?

Some people’s answers are:

Making art for fun and adventure; building bridges between themselves and the rest of humanity; reuniting and recording fragments of thought, feeling, and memory; and saying things that can’t express in any other way.

Answers can be deeply personal sometimes.

Answer can also be love of beauty – Beauty, in its myriad forms, has always been a muse. Some artists are driven by a profound appreciation for the world’s aesthetic wonders, be it in nature’s marvels, human interactions, or the abstract.

Pamela Cluthe (Author of Zen Colouring book)

Pamela is a Kitchener based artist who paints in acrylics, draws zentangle pieces and sculpts stone. She is largely self taught in all three mediums.

Why does Pamela Cluthe (author of Zen Colouring book) create art?

“Simply for the love of the process; for the love of the act of creating. Every moment that I spend creating a piece is a retreat for me. I find comfort, peace, and serenity inside my art bubble.”

For centuries, those who eschewed formal training have been either marginalized or obsessed over. Why are we so enthralled by people who create on their own terms? What kind of art do they like to create and why?

What kind of art Pamela Cluthe (author of Zen Colouring book) create?

“I draw my inspiration from nature, animals, in particular, are so naturally beautiful to me. Every piece has its own unique story and represents a portion of my life that I can recall, in great detail, simply by looking at the piece. When one sculpts the results are not quick. There is no instant gratification. It is a slow and patient process lovingly executed.”

“There is no satisfaction whatever at any time, only a queer divine dissatisfaction; a blessed unrest that keeps us marching, and makes us more alive than the others” – Martha Graham

You finished a creative project: now what?

“I am truly and deeply disappointed when I finish a piece because the process is ….over. It is at this point that I start the next project!”

“From raw rock to polished perfection. Each unique piece reveals its own distinctive structure. Through the artist’s process, the soul of the stone emerges to create a one-of-a-kind sculpture. As I stated before, each one represents a portion of my life (good and bad). They contain a piece of me, my soul, as it bonds with the soul of the stone. ”

“Every piece has a story. Go ahead, ask me, I don’t mind sharing.” – Pamela Cluthe (author of Zen Colouring book)

Where can we find more information about your book?

“I invite you to take a look at my bookshelf on Amazon.

I have journals, a password tracker, a recipe book, sketchbooks that sport my art work on the covers and I just have published my first colouring book this year. Just search for Pamela cluthe on Amazon to order.”

Zen Colouring Book

Zen Colouring Book – by Ms. Pamela M. Cluthe (Author)

For detailed information about the Zen Colouring Book and Pamela Cluthe’s art work:


Phone: 519-766-3118 (text preferred)

Other Local Artist: Cambridge

More about Self-Taught Artists:

THE SELF-TAUGHT ARTIST who toils in obscurity for years before finding mainstream success makes for an irresistible story.

Vincent van Gogh

One of the most influential artists of the modern era, Vincent van Gogh was almost entirely self-taught.

A complicated, taciturn character, van Gogh did not have an appetite for the classroom. The striking color, emphatic brushwork, and contoured forms of his work powerfully influenced the current of Expressionism in modern art.

Van Gogh’s art became astoundingly popular after his death, especially in the late 20th century, when his work sold for record-breaking sums at auctions around the world and was featured in blockbuster touring exhibitions. In part because of his extensive published letters, van Gogh has also been mythologized in the popular imagination as the quintessential tortured artist.

Frida Kahlo

Friday was a Mexican painter. Her father recognized his daughter’s artistic promise when she was a young girl, teaching her photography and recruiting his friend, a printmaker, to give her informal instruction in the graphic arts. 

Frida Kahlo was best known for her uncompromising and brilliantly colored self-portraits that deal with such themes as identity, the human body, and death. Although she denied the connection, she is often identified as a Surrealist.

Frida Kahlo has become an icon of the people because of her unique personality and her multifaceted life. She has become a standard-bearer for women’s inner strength, for a love of Mexico and its culture, and for courage in the face of adversity. Above all, she was a genuine woman who was true to her convictions.

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Art has been incredibly healing for some people. Being able to create “beauty from the brokenness” so to speak is an incredibly transformative and powerful act.

Making art should induce what the scientific community calls “flow” — the wonderful thing that happens when you’re in the zone. It’s that sense of losing yourself, losing all awareness. You’re so in the moment and fully present that you forget all sense of time and space.

“Creativity in and of itself is important for remaining healthy, remaining connected to yourself and connected to the world,” says Christianne Strang, a professor of neuroscience at the University of Alabama Birmingham and the former president of the American Art Therapy Association.

“Anything that engages your creative mind — the ability to make connections between unrelated things and imagine new ways to communicate — is good for you,” says Girija Kaimal. Girija is a professor at Drexel University and a researcher in art therapy, leading art sessions with members of the military suffering from traumatic brain injury and caregivers of cancer patients.

We explore the possible cognitive and emotional benefits of the arts, and yet these artists evoke a more fundamental benefit: They are just doing what they feel they’re born to do.

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