Theorem painting is an early American art form started in the 1800’s in finishing schools for 12-13 year old young ladies. The young students were limited in their abilities but wanted to create a painted picture. A technique was then created where a series of layered stencils were used to establish a perfect design. What was appealing is that it enabled a non-professional to create an acceptable art form.
However once Pam finishes painting her theorems her work continues with finishing a faux frame design to enhance the painting as was done in the 1800’s.
Faux finishing was popular at this time and it was used to recreate many of the wonderful grains of hardwoods on these pine frames.
Her frames are created with faux finishing and many of her whimsical thoughts that seem to wander through her head. She continues with this age old tradition of using faux finishing to marry her theorems with their frames.
Pam grew up in MA and has always had a respect for New England’s history, it's antiques and way of life. Theorem painting puts her back where she belonged with her art. She can only imagine the excitement those young ladies must have felt when they finished painting their theorems and faux finishing their frames!