Pamela Casper was born and raised in New York City. A daughter of an artist and art historian, her upbringing supported her early expression of artistic talent and her parents sent her to the progressive elementary school, Downtown Community School in the “Village” of NYC.
Pamela’s more formal training took place at the LaGuardia High School for Music and Art. Upon graduation she received the Kerner award for most creative art student. After graduation Pamela attended Swarthmore College, where she majored in psychology and studied painting with Harriet Shorr. Rather than attend graduate school, she moved to Paris for two years, to be closer to the masters she admired. During this period Pamela painted independently and traveled throughout North Africa and Europe. In 1979 she exhibited at the Francoise Carel Gallery in Paris.
In 1980 Pamela Casper returned to New York City where the lower Manhattan skyline became her subject. From 1985 to 1987 she took up pastel and continued with the cityscapes while developing a new series of “Break Dancer” drawings. These drawings were exhibited in a one-person show in Geneva, Switzerland in 1987. Pamela Casper also exhibited these works at the Pastel Society in New York City in 1989, where she received an award.
In 1991 while visiting Vermont, Pamela began “Plein air” painting in watercolor as preparation for oil paintings. Out door painting in watercolor continues to be a part of her painting schedule whenever she travels today. Pamela Casper’s landscapes have been shown throughout New England and in France. Her still life work has been exhibited at the American Watercolor Society in New York City and at the Arts Forum gallery on 57th Street, NYC. In addition, the editors of Gourmet Magazine and Fine Cooking Magazine have published her watercolors. Her textile designs have appeared on the ties and scarves of the fashion designer, Nicole Miller.
Pamela maintains a studio in lower Manhattan where she works on her “Tornado Series”. These visionary works are inspired by years of direct observation of nature and her acute concern for the environmental future of the planet. In 2012 she attended the E|Merge residency at Earthdance in Massacheusetts, where she developed a collaborative performance piece based on her Tornado paintings and designed sculptures installed during the performance.
Pamela and her husband live in Downtown Manhattan, where they raise their boy/girl twins.