|About the Artists|
|When Pam and Michael met, they formed an immediate bond in their personal lives and artistic imaginations and have been collaborating on their artwork ever since. As in the composition of a song, an idea for a piece is started by one and the notes seem to pour out, resulting in a melody for the eyes.
|Michael Knapp began his career as an artist at the age of five, when he attended his first Native American
Powwow. All spectators were asked to enter the circle to dance, and when the song ended, he could not be persuaded to leave the circle. Michael has been involved with the Native American arts and culture for over
forty years now, since the time of that first dance.
Learning the art of beadwork from tribal elders, books, pictures and countless hours of trial and error, Michael has completed many projects over the years. His original, one-of-a-kind pieces have sold to private parties, and have been featured in art galleries and shows.
Michael spent most of his life in the southwest, where the land, sky and imagination seem to go on forever. In fact, as he puts it, "the inspiration and ideas come much faster than time allows for completion". When not attending Powwows, you will find Michael and Pam in their studio immersed in a variety of different projects.
To Michael, "beadwork is another form of painting and I've never thought of my work as craft, but as fine art with a different type of paint".
Knapp developed her artistic interests early on, beginning formal art lessons at the age of eleven, and continued to pursue them while obtaining a degree within the field of Information Technology. In later years, her art training has been largely informal. Pam has been designing and creating custom beaded items for approximately
Pam believes that artwork should be a reflection of the artist's life and experiences, a representation of every human sense, both conscious and unconscious. She resists the idea that all art requires verbal explanation, preferring instead to let the viewer absorb the elements of the piece and respond to it in a personal manner.