Pamela Wildermuth is a 6th generation Californian of Spanish and vaquero ancestry. She spent a horse-crazy childhood taking after-school riding lessons, listening to tall tales about her great grandfather, Don Antonio Leiva (caporal on the Tejon Ranch for over 30 years), and learning to draw with her artist-father. She went on to major in Advertising Art in college and has been working professionally since 1965.
Her paintings and drawings are lauded for their authenticity and attention to detail, and have garnered numerous awards, including the prestigious AAEA Founders Award for Oil and two (2) Equine Images Publisher's Awards. They have been included in some of the most prestigious exhibitions of equine art and can be found in collections throughout the world, including those of American Academy of Equine Art (AAEA) founder Else Tuckerman and jockey Kent Desormeaux.
She continues to win awards at juried shows including Best Drawing at the 21st International Miniature Show (2012), a 1st Place Gold Medal for Drawing at the San Dimas Festival of Arts (2016) and an Award of Special Merit at the San Dimas Festival of Arts (2017).
Wildermuth's works have been published in books and magazines, as well as in limited edition print, a sculpture for Danbury Mint, and a set of collectible plates for the Bradford Exchange.
She served on the Women Artists of the West (WAOW) board of directors from 1991 to 2003 - as president from 1999-2003. She also earned full, signature membership in the AAEA.
Wildermuth lives in beautiful Bear Valley Springs in Tehachapi CA, with her horses. Her home is not too far from the Leiva family homestead, founded by Don Antonio almost 150 years ago.
"I love being able to see my horses from my studio and to ride where my ancestors rode so many years ago. My roots here are as old and as deep as the ancient California oaks surrounding me." Pamela Wildermuth