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Pamela Fernuik Hodges attended the Alberta College of Art & Design in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, where she studied photography. After four years at ACAD she flew to Tokyo, Japan on a one way ticket to Bangkok, Thailand.   She had a small portfolio of black and white 8 by 10’s stuffed into her small  backpack, and a 35 ml. camera.

She lived in Tokyo for seven years, teaching English and working for the Tokyo Journal until she started her own freelance photography business working for a variety of clients including Marie Claire, Chase Manhattan Bank, Cresson and Men’s Bigi. She worked on location for fashion catalogs in Paris, Morocco, Canada, Florida and Japan. She exhibited at the Polaroid Gallery in Tokyo, using  Polaroid’s 8 x 10 camera.

In the early 90’s she moved to California,  and worked on several personal projects, who are now 16, 13 and 9.  While teaching her children at home, she has worked as a photographer , woven large pieces on a floor loom, built fences and goat pens, and painted large canvases of people as cats.

She has lived in California, Illinois, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania, following her husband, the lead dog.  (Todd Wilson of Familyman Ministries  gave the analogy of a sled dog team for family leadership at a homeschool conference that Pamela attended. )

Recently she has been working on a series of paintings of hugs and kisses. She has been exploring the use of color and shape to express emotion and feelings.

  • Katina Vaselopulos

    Very interesting life blessed with talents and creativity!

    Enjoying your site! Glad we are connecting farther than the Tribe!

    Be in Spirit


    • pamelahodges

      Thank you Katina. Now to rewrite it so it doesn’t sound like a resume.

  • Kaydi

    Fun- I don’t know how you can condense such an interesting life into such a short amount of space, but I know that you left out a lot of good stuff. Thanks for being my friend, being so giving, and for the cute little seashell teabag holder that you gave me before you left MN. I use it almost every day, and I think of you often. Makes me want to give away things I like to people I like. Like you.

  • I don’t know why I haven’t been on this page, before. We share so many interests. My painting and photography talents are novice, at best. I did live in Okinawa, Japan for three years where I taught conversational English in a Japanese middle school. I don’t think I’ll be building any goat pens in the near future. I’d love to see your paintings of people as cats.

    • pamelahodges

      How fun, we do share interests, writing, art and Japan. I have never been to Okinawa. It was always less expensive to fly to Thailand for a few weeks, than it was to travel within Japan. I would like to see your paintings and photographs. I plan on putting some of my paintings on my blog. And maybe a picture of the goat pen 🙂

  • Love your stories…………

  • I like the way you referred to your children as your “personal projects.” Those are the best kinds of projects to have.

    Glad you’re joining us for the SOLSC!