Event Details

Celebrating America's Dairyland
by Pamela Ruschman

Friday, July 9, 2021 through Friday, August 27, 2021
Wellington & Muranyi Galleries



The "America's Dairyland" slogan has appeared on Wisconsin license plates for more than 75 years.  This exhibit celebrates our famous slogan by featuring paintings representing the beauty of Wisconsin's livestock and landscape.  



Pamela is best known for her bold and vibrant oil portraits of barnyard animals including cows, roosters and sheep.  Collectors say her paintings capture the personality of these furry and feathered friends.

She grew up on a dairy farm outside of Blanchardville, WI.  As a young child, she fed the pigs and chickens as part of her daily chores and even helped raise orphan piglets under a warm heating lamp.  As she grew older, milking the cows and helping with crop harvest became part of her everyday life.  Needless to say, agriculture and the love of animals is in her heart.  She never imagined as a young child that these experiences on the farm would play such an important role in her painting career.

After more than a decade in the agricultural advertising industry, painting Wisconsin’s landscape and livestock has become her passion.  She uses both the alla prima (painting all at once) and plein air (in the open air) to influence her larger studio work.  Pamela adds, “Painting from life is such an important part of my process to provide information for my art.  Supplementing this with photography is necessary because it’s very difficult to tell a rambunctious rooster to hold a pose.”

Drawing on her love of Wisconsin’s seasons, Pamela especially enjoys painting outdoors during the winter months.  It’s a quiet season, which suits her personality.  Pamela says, “Winter is a fact of life for those of us living in the frozen tundra of Wisconsin.  The warm hues of the livestock in winter are offset nicely by the cool background of nature, especially during a snowfall.  In winter, no two days are ever alike.”

Pamela has studied with master painters including Daniel Gerhartz, Stapleton Kearns and Lori Beringer.  Often you will find Pamela driving down country roads searching for that next inspiration of setting up her easel to capture some friendly Wisconsin cows or snow filled landscape on canvas. 


The MAC Gallery Season is Underwritten by; Mike and Shelley Muranyi, Paul and Sue Barrett, David and Julie Buchanan, Gof and Mary Thomson, Pete Guenther and Barb Woodriff, Don Amphlett and Jan Johnson, David and Janeen Babler, and Chuck and Chris Wellington.