My painting for the Open Doors invitational exhibit at the Creamery Arts Center features 7 doors (or 10, depending on how you count people in a group).

The theme of the exhibit curated by painter Stephanie Cramer and underwritten by Dianne Elizabeth Osis, was to create art on doors or about doors, so you can imagine there is a wide variety of two- and three-dimensional interpretations rendered including paintings on house doors, cabinets, coffins, electrical boxes, sculptural gateways and more.

PaMdora and The Doors meet Dorian Gray, 40" x 30" painting by Pam RuBert
"PaMdora and The Doors meet Dorian Gray", acrylic on canvas, 40" x 30"

For me one of the most interesting parts of making art is developing the concept. While getting ready to paint this, I did a lot reading about the characters, and what I call late-night drawing — waking up in the middle of the night and sketching from the subconscious. Anyway, it seemed that I needed to write up something to go with the painting for the exhibit, so I created these footnotes…

Foot Notes

The Doors
According to rock historian Daniel Keating, lead singer Jim Morrison got the name for this 1960’s band from Aldous Huxley’s book The Doors of Perception. Huxley took the line from the William Blake book The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, “If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.”

Dorian Gray
Character in a novel by Oscar Wilde who sold his soul in return for the promise that his painted portrait would age instead of him.

My cartoon alter ego who gets her name from PaMdora’s Box.

Pia Zadora
Actress and singer who came to national attention in 1964 when she starred in Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. For a while she was married an Israeli junk bond king who had a portrait of her painted nude to hang in the entrance of their Hollywood home.

A snack food made by Frito-Lay.

(a.k.a Stella) My sister-in-law’s cute little Boston Terrier who mostly just lays on the sofa.

“Open Doors” – Creamery Arts Center – 411 N. Sherman Parkway – Springfield, MO
open M-F 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 2-31


    • Thanks Loreen — after looking at your blog, I was reminded that originally I wanted to incorporate more collage into this painting. I toyed with the idea of adding some fabric for their clothes, and printing out the words instead of painting them. But because of my deadline, I was worried that I might screw it all up, so just went with paint.

      After seeing the trees on your blog though, I’m inspired to try collage again with acrylics. Thanks for the comments!

    • Thanks Stacy!

      I won’t make it into a quilt, because from the beginning, my intent was to finish it as a painting. Since it’s on stretched canvas, it has a nice physical presence as a painting – plus the way I drew the faces might be hard to make in fabric.

      But I am finishing up the quilting on another completely different project right now, and hope to post that image soon.

  • Hi Heidi, I’m looking Claudia’s blog and found a lot about Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, but can’t find Dorian Gray. Can you give a direct link to the post?
    Thanks, Pam

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