Pamela Fernuik Hodges attended the Alberta College of Art & Design in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, where she studied photography. After four years at ACAD she flew to Tokyo, Japan on a one way ticket to Bangkok, Thailand. She had a small portfolio of black and white 8 by 10’s stuffed into her small backpack, and a 35 ml. camera.
She lived in Tokyo for seven years, teaching English and working for the Tokyo Journal until she started her own freelance photography business working for a variety of clients including Marie Claire, Chase Manhattan Bank, Cresson and Men’s Bigi. She worked on location for fashion catalogs in Paris, Morocco, Canada, Florida and Japan. She exhibited at the Polaroid Gallery in Tokyo, using Polaroid’s 8 x 10 camera.
In the early 90’s she moved to California, and worked on several personal projects, who are now 16, 13 and 9. While teaching her children at home, she has worked as a photographer , woven large pieces on a floor loom, built fences and goat pens, and painted large canvases of people as cats.
She has lived in California, Illinois, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania, following her husband, the lead dog. (Todd Wilson of Familyman Ministries gave the analogy of a sled dog team for family leadership at a homeschool conference that Pamela attended. )
Recently she has been working on a series of paintings of hugs and kisses. She has been exploring the use of color and shape to express emotion and feelings.