Pamela Dodds

The Inspiration of Human Connection

The complexity of human connection is the inspiration for my work. Our lives are tapestries of connections. We are shaped, challenged and inspired by the people, places and things we engage with. To understand and know each other deeply is rewarding, enriching, and can allow for a profound experience of love and belonging. And, these journeys of knowing can be so difficult.


Relationships, Intersections

My visual art practice in painting, printmaking and drawing addresses the challenges of intimate human relationships, particularly those between women and within families and communities, including interracial relationships, and socio-political realities.


A Lesbian, Feminist Perspective

The people, scenes and stories that I portray come from my imagination and are not autobiographical snapshots of my life. However, they are inspired by my personal relationship experiences, and the relationships of those around me. They are created from a collection of moments lived, observed, remembered or envisioned, and through a a lesbian, feminist perspective. I find within the in-between moments in our relationships, a window on the potential for human compassion. It is in these layered, sometimes fraught, sometimes fleeting moments that we as individuals, act and react, making the choices that ultimately affect the course of a society. 


Woodcut, Linocut Prints & Big Paintings

Primarily, I work in two mediums – relief printmaking (woodcut and linocut prints), and life-size oil on canvas painting. A guiding principle of how I create my work is the power of composition – the impact of form and colour on perception, and the enduring qualities of an engaging image.

See the Work in Person

My work is exhibited regularly and is also available for purchase. If you love the images that you find here on my website, I encourage you to see the work in person.


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Photo Credit: Michele Ryan

Biography & Career

Early Life

I was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and grew up in the Etobicoke suburb of Toronto. When my parents separated and divorced, and my mother subsequently fell in love with an American, my life shifted. Due to my young age of 12 years, I was moved with my mother south of the border to the Cleveland, Ohio area in the USA, to live with her and her new husband.



Later, as a young adult, I eventually settled in Boston, Massachusetts, where I attended university, began my art practice and came out as a lesbian. My life-sized paintings were exhibited at the artist-run Bromfield Gallery, while the Prints and Drawings Dept. of the Boston Public Library began collecting my works on paper. 



After many artistically fruitful years in Boston, I returned to Cleveland, where I continued to paint while increasingly working in relief printmaking. The work was championed by galleries there including Brant Gallery, Asterisk Gallery and William Busta Gallery.  In 2007 the Cleveland Museum of Art purchased the 6-print suite Ebb. 


Toronto Again

Having always retained my identity as a Canadian, in 2008, I returned to Toronto, receiving in the same year a generous grant from the Gottlieb Foundation, NY and a Nick Novak Residency at Open Studio Printmaking Centre, Toronto. In 2014 my work was supported by the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund Grant for feminist art, and the Hexagon Fellowship at Open Studio. 


Continued Recognition, New Directions in Printmaking

In 2016, I was a feature artist at Lesbian ARTivisms in the Age of Globalization Colloquium, University of Ottawa. In 2017 the work was supported by a project grant from Ontario Arts Council, and the Visual Arts Centre of Clarington, ON, presented a 15-year survey of my work in print, including the newly completed Undertow installation in the gallery’s loft-like upper level. A small, yet elegant catalogue was published.


Exhibiting in Norway, Spain and UK

An installation of Undertow was exhibited at the Impact 10 - International Multidisciplinary Printmaking Conference in Santander, Spain, 2018. Other international exposure includes FiLiA Feminist Conference, London, UK, 2017, Haugesund Museum of Fine Art, Norway, 2019, and Tŷ Pawb, Wrexham, Wales, UK 2019-2020.


Present and Upcoming

Something I Want to Tell You, Big Paintings by Pamela Dodds opened in Cleveland in February 2020 and was extended through July 2020 due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Upcoming exhibitions at Open Studio, Toronto and Centre 3, Hamilton, Ontario are now scheduled for 2021.