Pamela Hall Evans writes historical fiction about the discovery of personal identity and destiny. Portraits of people, places, and time periods offer universal insight into how people do or do not mature into their best and truest selves. Her current work is a novel, Painting Light, based on the life and work of the artist, Dorothy E. Brett.
Pamela writes and lectures about the life of the British artist Dorothy Brett who settled in Taos, New Mexico in 1926. Pamela was a guest contributor to Taos’s Year of Remarkable Women Blog. Her work is also featured in the book Remarkable Women of Taos, Taos, New Mexico (ed. Elizabeth Cunningham).
As the recognized historical resource about Dorothy Brett, Pamela was recently interviewed for the Southwest art and culture journal, Cowboys and Indians (August/September 2016 issue), in the article, American Moderns and The West.
“Wanting a life more honest than her English one, Brett chose to challenge herself and her art with Taos’s landscape and the Pueblo people,” says novelist and historian Pamela Hall Evans, in her novel about Brett’s life, Painting Light. “She painted them as they spoke of themselves: historically and mythically linked to one another and their ancestors, athletic, engaged with nature, and adaptable…. The quality of her work and her appreciation of the pueblo’s residents, as well as her openness to critique by Pueblo elders, made her a trusted friend for all the years she lived in Taos.”
Born in Oregon and reared in Texas, Pamela lived twenty years of her adulthood in Colorado and New Mexico. She earned an MA in British History from University of Denver, Colorado, and has lived in Maine with her husband since 2013. Her interest in Dorothy Brett began with her Master’s thesis in 1993, Dorothy Brett: A Gift for Intimacy.