The way an artist discovers his or her niche differs individually. For Pam Rosen, a.k.a "the Glitter Girl," it happened by chance. After she received a degree in printmaking from the Art Institute of Boston, she moved to New Orleans. "I was working on a Mardi Gras costume and started putting glitter all over it," she says. "I liked the way it looked, and I just started incorporating it into my paintings." Rosen's glitzy art ranges from colorful ice-cream cones to handbags, shoes, and jewelry. But the majority of her paintings display glamorous evening gowns and party dresses from the '50s and '60s, something Rosen has an obvious affinity for. "In the '70s, Marcia Brady dresses were the style," she remembers. "But as a kid, I was really into the Donna Reed dresses. They were just prettier."
Finding an appropriate subject is sometimes difficult, but for Rosen, it comes from being observant. "I walked into the grocery store recently and saw a squash," she recalls. "Now, I generally draw very voluptuous women. But if you look at the shape of a squash and the curves of a woman, they're the same. So I decided to do the squash in glitter."
Rosen's art has been featured at the House of Blues in Orlando, and when she's not busy creating another glittering gem, she also teaches art at a boys' Catholic school a few miles from her house, where she lives with her husband and son. "The teachers want me to teach the boys about drawing the human form, namely women. But I don't really think it's appropriate to explain that to fifth-grade boys," she muses. "I think I'll use the squash to explain."
With the help of local eccentric and friend Mr. Entertainment (a.k.a. Steve Toth) and his wife, Tina, Rosen brings her one-woman show to Hollywood. "Steve and Tina have been visiting New Orleans for the past eight years, and they've bought a lot of my work," she says. "Hopefully, I can drive back home with a lighter truck."
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