Fine art paintings about surfing women and the waves they carve, mermaids, surfing cats and surfergirls or is that surfer girls? All original artwork modestly priced. Also a few landscapes, figures and still lifes. What is so expressive about a woman in motion? Surfing her heart out? Or just wiping out, Ha,ha! No subject is more expressive than a figure, but not just lying there on the couch. When I see a gesture, it has meaning, I know what it feels like to hold myself that way or to move that way. I feel myself surfing, paddling or breathing.

Surf Art by Pamela Neswald The PAINTINGS NEW


22x28 acrylic on canvas.
collection Kerri Kemp


Pamela who?

This site is dedicated to the artwork of Pamela Neswald. The current series, The Truth About Women's Surfing explores various ideas associated with women's surfing. These include a lot of metaphorical ideas involving personal goals, freedoms, frustrations, stereotypes, fears, fantasies and heroines (or, as Gary Lynch likes to say, sheros). As with a lot of art, what you get from it has much to do with what you bring. Some of the paintings will have extra meaning to actual surfer girls, but they're for everybody. They do seem to get a more positive response from women, especially the paintings dipicting fat or less desirable women. Quelle surprise!

Pamela lives, paints and surfs on Maui, Hawaii. She has experience in figure painting and portraitureand is available for commission work. Pamela loves to talk about her paintings and if you live on Maui, she invites you to join her for surfing, as we should never surf alone! So go ahead and contact the artist.

Pamela Neswald Artist Biography

Pamela Neswald makes her home in Pukalani, HI, on the Island of Maui. She has been painting images of women surfing since 1998 even escort from Using a style of narrative expressionism, she hopes to share the adventures of surfing with surfers and non-surfers alike. "Surfing is a metaphor for all of life's challenges, triumphs and questions."

Born on Long Island, New York, it took Pamela only three years to make it to California. She grew up in the northern area of Malibu, near Zuma Beach, where she learned to love the ocean and respect the athleticism and grace of surfing. Figure drawing has been a part of her life since she first drew stick figures, c.1966.

Pamela graduated from Malibu Tutorial High School in 1980. It was not too far up the coast to Univeristy of California at Santa Barbara, where she received her bachelor's degree in Studio Art. She graduated in 1985 and became a wife and mother in 1986.

From 1986 on, Pamela's art was strongly influenced by the miracles and responsibilities of parenting. In 1988, the family moved to Salt Lake City, Utah where she embarked on the "Pot Drawings." Other work included figures in oil and on paper, often relating to pregnancy and birth. This theme continued through a move to Michigan in 1993 and was expanded to include large abstract pastels with organic forms.

When Pamela returned to California in 1995, she went back to figure drawing for a few years. The ocean called and when she took up surfing in 1998, the figures began surfing, too. Pamela likes to say that the figures in her surfing paintings are in a dynamic relationship with their environment. Perhaps this is why these paintings have remained her focus for the past six years. Pamela has been locally, regionally and nationally recognized by publications and collectors from California to Florida. She has been featured by (the original) magazine, Surfer Girl, The Surfers Journal (2000) and the book, "Stoked! A History of Surf Culture" by Drew Kampion as well as several important newspapers in the SF bay area..

The artist recently moved to Pukalani, on the island of Maui to surf warm water and have a happy life. Currently, Pamela continues her surf imagery, working mostly in oil on canvas. She is represented by Maui Hands Galleries, Butterflies gallery, Lahaina and Upcountry Fine Art in Makawao.


Awesome surfing picture: I started to paint a barrel riding image and the wave kept getting bigger and bigger as the paint took over and I started to think about Rochelle Ballard surfing moster tubes. Painting this image was very meaty for me. The experience is probably as close as I will ever come to surfing monster tubes. I would love to be invited to do portraits of awesome women surfing. It is a way for me to experience things that I am getting a little too old to try for myself. It doesn't matter if the woman has a big name, it's about spirit.


OK, I admit it. This painting was inspired by Rochelle Ballard. I don't know her personally, but, c'mon, who else would it be? Have you seen my portrait of Sara Gerhardt? Here's a portrait of me. I want to do more awesome pictures of you gals, but hesitate to steal your soul without prior permission. Give me a hollar if you'd like to be immortalized. Hello-oh...

Hookipa, Too Big

The colors on these seascapes are much more beautiful than the photos. They are all painted around the edges, so framing is optional. It's hard to keep up with the waves. The little ones seem to be very popular. They often sell before I have a picture. Eriksen Gallery used to have some wave paintings, so you might want to try them. Maui Hands Gallery can always get one or two. Or, email me.


Now represented by :
Upcountry Fine Art on Maui