Pamela Leavens was born in Chicago but has lived on both coasts and in the south. She studied traditional figure drawing and oil painting at the Atlanta High Museum School and The Art Students’ League in NY, where she lived for over 30 years. As both an illustrator and exhibiting artist, she paints primarily in acrylics, gouache, pastels, and digital mediums.

In New York, she was a frequent exhibitor at the Museum of the Hudson Highlands/Hudson Highlands Nature Center (including a three-person show of children’s book art), Mixed Media Gallery, the Eisenhower Hall Gallery at the US Military Academy at West Point, the Garrison Art Center, and the Mid-Hudson Arts & Science Center. She was a Staff Artist with International Paper and an Art Director with Trillium Press.

Illustration Client List includes Union Carbide, Centurion Security Inc., Medical Economics, Dunkin’ Donuts, Vernon Valley/Great Gorge Ski Area, Swifty’s NYC, Scott Foresman, Harcourt, Macmillan Publishers, Sundance Publishing, and Highlights Magazine. Commissioned illustration assignments are represented by Melissa Turk (

Since returning to Illinois, she has focused on exhibition art as a member or the Galena Artist’s Guild and Gallery and as an exhibitor in the Regional Gallery at the Galena Center for the Arts. In addition to group exhibits, she’s had two solo shows at Chestnut Mountain Resort, Galena, IL, and has been a featured artist at Longbranch Gallery, Mineral Point, WI. Her studio-on-the-Mississippi is in Fulton, Illinois.