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Pam Troutman has always been an artist. Her college degree is in studio art from Mary Washington in Virginia, and she has a Masters in Geographic/ Cartographic Sciences from George Mason University.
Not wanting to be a starving artist, Pam worked for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. She started beading professionally in 2000 making beaded lanyards for coworker’s ID Badges. She joined the Northern Virginia Bead Society and quickly became an active member – organizing fundraising auctions and serving in several leadership roles. She has participated in classes from national instructors in polymer clay, metal work, needle felting, bead weaving, and bead embroidery. Her bead creations are all unique and have won awards in several local and national venues. She sold her items in an Occoquan, VA gallery for four years, as well as presently in her Etsy shop (StarArtJewelry). Pam became an artist of Amapola Gallery in Old Town Albuquerque in March 2018. She participates in the Sandoval County Fair and the NM State Fair, earning first place ribbons in both venues.
Many of Pam’s pieces feature repurposed vintage items. Pam also does custom jewelry work and some restorations and repairs.
Pam moved to Rio Rancho, NM in June 2017 after a fulfilling 34-year government career. She is presently a member of the Bead Society of New Mexico, where she is active on the non-profit society’s board. She is a charter member of the Artists of Mariposa, a group of over 20 artists living in the Mariposa community of Rio Rancho. She is also on the board for the Visionary Arts & Crafts Guild. Finally, she volunteers her time with the Placitas Community Library, where she also shows and sells her art in their rotating art displays.