Interview: Pamela Bates, Soul Fueled Artist

Pamela Bates

Today, we are sharing our latest interview with artist, Pamela Bates. Our paths crossed late in 2019 in an instagram mastermind course with our fearless leader: Erica Reitman.

During our first session we realized that we lived 45 minutes away from each other and had loads in common. It only made sense for us to share her and her talents with YOU!

About Pamela Bates:

“I am Pam. I am recreating my life one painting at a time. I don’t want anyone, least of all myself, pulling back on the reigns. I want to live with my eyes wide open distinguishing the one hundred different hues of green in a single leaf, my ears listening to the softest of breezes rustling the poplar leaves as the wind takes a slow breath in, taste the salt air and the seaweed like an elixir from the sea as they are, I want to find the small traces of beauty and light in even the darkest of moments, I want to dismantle the parts of the whole and rearrange them like a poem spoken from my tongue, I want to laugh until my sides hurt and tears stream down my face telling the story of countless moments of pure joy, I want to cry when the crying is as right as the rain that unleashes itself and breaks an unbearable heatwave. I want to drink it all in and paint it all out, over and over and over again making no apologies, until I have spent every ounce of my soul. .
I owe myself that and much more. Much, much more.

I want everyone to experience the radical joy and transformative power of art, creating and choosing your dream.”

How did you start your day today? 

Meditated. Then listened to Gordon McRae sing Oh What A Beautiful Morning. (that’s how I start every day)

If you could spend your day with anyone in the world, who would that be?

My husband Garrett, my Mom, and my Dad (I miss him terribly)

Sweet or Savory?

Savory, but if we are talking ice cream, I’m in.

What are the three things you can’t live without?

The peeps I love. My dog chance. ART.

Define yourself in three words:

Gregarious, Creative, Comic-Relief (see, I made it work)

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Margaritas, harbison cheese, fried scallop/clam plate with fries and tartar sauce

First concert you attended?

Small venue: Tavares (at the Hampton Beach Casino), Large venue: The Police at Portland Civic Center

What book did you recently finish?

STILL reading Ninth Street Women!!!! It never ends. It’s huge. So interesting.

Favorite artist?

Too tough to pick one. Singer Sargent changed my life. Monet. Cy Twombly.

If you could switch lives with one person, who would it be?

Nobody. With all its challenges, I love my life.

What’s the one thing you’ve always wanted to try, but been to scared to do?

Surfing.  I’m not scared, I just hate learning new things in front of others. I like to fall down 9 times, get up 10 without anyone watching ☺

What do you have in your purse right now?

Blistex, a leopard wallet with a st. Jude travel medallion from my grampy, my favorite pen (R2s, I get at Dollar Tree), a biz card wallet by artist Stephanie Pecina with my cards and leave behind art, tweezers (because I’m in my 50s……must have, because rear view mirrors tell no lies), red lipstick, car keys, sunglasses.

What do you usually eat for breakfast?

Plant paradox green smoothie: avocado, spinach, lime juice, sea salt, and I also like arugula. I started them for healing autoimmune. I used to be a 1 egg at breakfast gal, but I love my smoothies now! But most people are horrified by the sound of it.

Favorite snack?

Nachos. Always on hand….blue diamond smokehouse almonds.

Where was the best vacation you’ve ever taken?

Rome with my husband. It was like a dream.

What’s one city you’ve dreamed of traveling to?

Seriously, back to Rome. Pure magic. 

How do you start your day?

Meditate. Listen to Gordon McRae, some mornings yoga, walk the dog in the woods out back most days or at least throw the ball, check instagram and email, smoothie, coffee, and since I received for Christmas- fill in my High Performance Planner by Brendon Burchard

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?

‘Do what you CAN’ + ‘there is a solution to every problem, you just have to get creative’. – Jerry Dignam (Dad)

Pamela Bates

What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve done in your life?

Tough one. Drawing a blank. Dueling Dragons roller coaster at universal is best I can come up with. I haven’t climbed a mountain, so I guess I better work on adventure.  

Early riser or Night owl?


Dogs or cats?

Dogs, but love cats and all animals. Always had a cat growing up.

Yoga or Crossfit?


Disneyland or camping?

Camping, THEN disneyland ☺

Ocean or lake?


Coffee or tea?

I drank tea every day for 30 years. Then switched to coffee. I know….crazy. 

Pamela Bates

Thank you so much Pam!!! We love reading your answers, but we really love “waking up” with you every morning on instagram…You know you had us at Starman!

For more, follow Pam on instagram, OR buy some of her art here.

Pamela Bates

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