Pamela Matthews
Pamela Matthews

For her entire working life (from the early1960’s – the numbers start to scare you after a while!), Pamela has earned her living entirely from her art, initially as a graphic artist in a Wellington department store before moving across the Tasman sea to the advertising department of the more prestigious David Jones emporium in Sydney, Australia.

Here is a time-line over-view of her career:


Department store graphics as above, then self-employed as a graphic and décor artist


Began painting Visionary Surrealism


First solo exhibition
Travelled to the U.K. & Europe, studied in the galleries and painted in London where she rediscovered the pre-Raphaelite Burne-Jones and Blake, mystical poet and artist.
Inspired in Florence by the art of da Vinci, Lippi and Botticelli


Became an artist member of the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, exhibited around NZ
Presented workshops
Taught art & calligraphy
Illustrated calendars, book & magazine covers, CD’s
Published first book – “Eyes to See”


Artist Director of Grail Graphics (1992) Ltd: on-going role
Produced wide range of products for international distribution:
Cards, Bookmarks, Prints, Posters, Goddess Decks etc
Presented workshops in New Zealand, Australia, USA, England, Denmark & Sweden


Exhibited mosaics and sculpture (Ellerslie Flower Show)


Commissioned to paint Aura-Soma New Aeon Tarot Deck – 105 original paintings – kept me off the streets for two years!


Visionary Art Exhibitions in St Ives and London
Conference & Workshop Presenter Glastonbury Goddess Festival


Resident Artist/Director Grail Gallery, Waiheke Island, New Zealand