With a national client base, Pam Shank honors the tradition of portraiture using her unique personal touch and her vision of timelessness in every painting.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do I have to sit for the portrait?
Pam works from  photographs taken on location, working with the client to capture a natural expression and gesture. When working with children, her puppets and other props help with the process.

What about the likeness?
A portrait must first and foremost be an excellent likeness of the subject...but it must also be a strong painting. Pam works with each client to create a work of art that captures the subject in a creative and unique composition.

What size is the finished portrait?
The figures are just slightly smaller than life size, so that the images appear as realistic as possible. A  three-quarter length child's portrait will be approximately 22x30", whereas an adult is 24X36" or larger. Multiple portraits  will be sized so that the figures are close to life size. The actual dimensions will vary according to the composition and number of subjects in the painting. The paintings are unframed, so ultimately the finished size will be affected by the frame width you select.

How long does it take to complete?
A watercolor portrait may be produced in 3-4 weeks, an oil in 6-8 weeks. Special deadlines will be taken into account if possible.
"My passions are children and painting...and I've had the privilege of working with both in my career as an artist.

After graduating from UNC at Chapel Hill,  I studied traditional oil portrait painting at the Art Students' League in New York City. Upon returning to North Carolina, I began to experiment with various subjects and mediums. My paintings of landscapes in watercolor were developed, and gradually I began to concentrate on people and faces.

Through the years, my love for children has enhanced my portrait work. I've been privileged to have the opportunity to paint clients of all ages, even the four legged ones!"
Pam Shank Portrait Artist
201 E Davie St
Raleigh NC  27601

Studio located in the City Market area of Downtown Raleigh

"I wanted to tell you again how much we love and enjoy Grace's portrait. ..what makes it even more special is that it was painted by someone who is kind and has an obvious love for children."
                                       - Laura Isley,                                         Raleigh, N.C.
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"When I look at Lawson's portrait, aside from the technical accuracy of all of his features, it just amazes me the way that you have captured his emotions. While this portrait is truly a treasure in our home,  I know that it will mean so much more as my son grows into an adult and has lost his childhood features."                             - Susan Hill, Burlington, NC
"Pam Shank creates fine art portraits, cherished for generations."
Pam Shank at work in her Artspace Studio in downtown Raleigh
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