Pam Gleave is an award-winning artist and photographer from Michigan. She attended college at Olivet College in Michigan where she received a degree in Sociology/Anthropology and Fine Art with a minor in Biology. Her main interest was in the art of indigenous peoples. She also did graduate work in Entomology at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Members of the faculty at Olivet College have her fine art insect portraits in their collections. Her work can be found in collections not only in Michigan, but also in 22 other states and abroad.
All phases of her life have informed her art. She lived and worked on a remote ranch in Wyoming which inspired her love of nature and wild animals. Studying entomology further sharpened her interest in insects and their natural history and as an equestrian, she learned to respect the great beauty and partnership of and with horses. Her time at college gave her the technical skills needed to express all of the ideas, observations and experiences and to know thoroughly the anatomies of the creatures she paints.
It was while at Olivet College that she got interested in photographing chemicals through the microscope . In this process, called photomicrography, a chemical is melted on a microscope slide and with an adapter for the camera,is photographed through the microscope. These photomicrographs she calls “Chemscapes.” She then started using beer and wine (Beerscapes and Winescapes) and other household substances such as cinnamon, cream of tartar, aspirin and copper sulfate.
At home in Olivet, Michigan she produces art from her studio in her home. She works in oils, pastel, graphite and gouache. She is also a sculptor. She is represented by The Palette Gallery in Douglas, Michigan and The Leigh Gallery in Chicago .
She recently sold large format photographs of beer to the set designers for the CBS prime time TV show Chicago Fire and HBO TV series Boss, starring Kelsey Grammar.