PM Shore at work in her studio.

PM Shore at work in her studio.


PM Shore's first recollection of understanding what a painter is, was a teenage visit to Percy Manser's studio in the barn of an apple orchard in the Hood River, Oregon valley. Her uncle, a painter, wanted to discourage her from the abstracts she was experimenting with, so they visited the studio of the admired, old painter. Much to the uncle's surprise, and PM's delight, the well-known Northwest impressionist was working on a canvas similar to Diebenkorn's Ocean Park Series.

She left this visit firm in the decision that a painter she would be, and set off to art school in Portland, Oregon. At art school she was told she "could not make a living" as a painter. So, she began training as a commercial artist but also studied painting at the Museum School across town.

Her experience in advertising, putting ideas and images together, adds to the intimate narrative that underlies her work. She gradually moved from her early abstracts to a loose representational style primarily depicting contemporary urban life.

After a two-year hiatus to overcome vision problems that ended her design firm, she decided to concentrate solely on fine art painting.

Although best known for her large cityscapes and the diverse population that calls Portland, Oregon, home, she also produces a yearly series of abstracts, her early love. PM shows in her own studio/gallery and in regional art exhibits and festivals. She is in demand.for commissioned pieces and maintains a busy studio schedule.