Pam Ernst was born and raised in the country near Springfield, Missouri. Spending the majority of her childhood playing outside gave her a deep appreciation for mother nature and the beauty that is there to enjoy. Pam graduated from Nixa High School in 1988 and went on to receive her BBA from Columbia Southern University. After moving to the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas, Pam was given the opportunity to take a drawing class in 2001. At the end of her class the instructor suggested she give pastels a try, and the infatuation began. Pam is an active member of Artists of Northwest Arkansas, Plein Air Painters of the Ozarks, and the Ozark Pastel Society (former Board Member and Fall Show Chairperson). She won the People’s Choice Award in 2012 for her painting of a backlit fall tree entitled, “Just Try.”

Pam’s true passion is to paint "En Plein Air" (outdoors) capturing the light and special moments that we are given everyday.