Pam’s early years were spent in Jerramungup, a small, remote town 450 kilometres southeast of Perth. Settled by Europeans in 1848, it is on the traditional lands of the Koreng, one of the Noongar language groups. The town was founded in 1957, the same year the first school was established. Pam’s family moved to their farm in 1958 and electricity arrived in 1963. The Jerramungup Primary School was one room for all students from years 1 to 7, and a 1.5 hour bus trip from home. Once Pam entered high school, her father leased a farm and the family moved to Katanning.
Pam was left to her own devices on the farm quite a bit and, in her own words “ grew up a bit wild”. She spent most of her time outdoors exploring the local bushlands, making sure to avoid the most dangerous wildlife “you quickly learned which ones to avoid” she said. Pam’s love of nature was encouraged by regular visits to the farm by Harry Butler, a well-known WA naturalist. Harry was a TV wildlife presenter and an Australian of the year in 1979. One of Pam’s favourite critters is the redback spider, and so she has called her business Redback Art.
For Pam, her art was a form of escapism, especially when “picking mallee roots” (manually removing tree roots from paddocks prior to the planting of crops) for many hours at a time. Pam used art as a way to express her emotions, feelings and visions of the surrounding country and landscape. She was always good at art, even winning a local art competition. However, thoughts of a career as an artist were dispelled by her Father who told her that she “should get a real job” when she left school.
Leaving school at 15, Pam studied at Edwards Business College in Perth and worked for a time at CP Bird and Associates, a large accounting firm in Perth. Many adventures were had by this young country girl during her first time in the ”big smoke” (my lips are sealed!!) but, deciding city life was not for her, Pam hitchhiked around Australia, becoming a Jillaroo at 18 on Williambury Station, 160 kilometres east of Carnarvon. In 1976, she undertook an overland journey to London via Singapore, India, Pakistan, Turkey, Yugoslavia (now Croatia), Nepal, Spain and Portugal. Working in London, Pam explored England, Scotland and Ireland, and spent some time in Israel at a kubbitz digging irrigation ditches. Her love of travel and learning about other cultures also took her to Mexico, Canada and the US.
Married in 1980, Pam and her then husband went to Zimbabwe as part of the skilled staff provided by Australia to this newly established country. She worked at the Australian High Commission and this, of course, offered more travel opportunities. South Africa, Sudan and Kenya were new and exciting places to visit, especially Sudan and Kenya where they were caught up in coups against the presiding governments!
Returning to Perth in 1982, Pam started her family, her daughter was born in 1984 and her son in 1985. During their early years, Pam studied at Saint Brigid College, Northbridge, which later became Perth Technical and Further Education College (TAFE). In 1989 she completed her Diploma in Printmaking, and also worked with celebrated artists such as Brian Mackay, Leon Pericles, Marjorie Bussey and Arthur Russell. In the early 90s, Pam extended her studies at Edith Cowan’s Western Australian Academy of the Performing Arts, where she gained entry on the basis her art folio, and majored in printmaking. She graduated with a BA in Visual Arts in 1996 and has since held several exhibitions and won many awards for her prints.
Having grown up in the wheatbelt region of WA, Pam is inspired by the stillness, vastness and soul of the remote landscape. She has developed a passion, and a fascination, for the patterns, the shapes, the textures and the colours of the landscape. Her many travels, to experience other countries and cultures, have served to intensify this inspiration. Pam describes herself as a traditionalist printmaker and creates lino prints, collographs and lithographs. Pam also works in oils, pen and ink, charcoal and pastels. You can find her work on her website and Redback Art by Pam Hulshoff, as well as Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.
Pam has recently been able to build her dream solar-passive home, which includes a dedicated print and art studio. The space has been designed for both her art and teaching practice. You can view her CAPWA donated pieces at Redback Art on our website.