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Journeys With An Artist
A Memoir

“The Fates are inexhaustible in their creativity! On reflection of my past, despite the rough patches, they patiently tinted the threads of my sails with Χάρις (Ha’ris), the joyous love that surpasses others on its journey beyond my brief human existence.

I’ve grown to trust them with directing my personal odyssey. Whenever Atropos makes the final snip, I’ll accept my voyage into that unknown as another adventure.

Until then I invite you to discover the delights of basking in the sunshine, painting, visiting ancient sites, exploring caves, riding around mountains, swimming in pristine seas, meeting the glorious Greeks and Grecophiles, and relishing the inestimable fine qualities and traditions of life and love in Ελλάδα (Eh lah’ tha).

There are many natural life-enhancing potions here now, and more are waiting to be discovered. Literally and figuratively, truth is waiting just below the surface for those who want to dig deeper.”

I had always loved Art, yet I allowed myself to be sidetracked too often when I was young and then continued making decisions that denied the creative life I still yearned for after I was married.

After twelve years of trying to have a baby by doing everything possible, including the impossible “try not to think about it”, and throwing myself into interior design work suggested by my mother-in-law, my depression was growing.

Only my abstract paintings implored me to look inside myself to release my emotional stalemate. What I found was not always pleasant, but my persistent search with art finally led to a brilliant painting mentor. With her guidance, new hope arrived for my art and my life. Longing to paint in Provence from my earliest childhood memories, I finally had the opportunity!

But instead of France, I wound up on a flight to Greece asking myself, “What in the world can I paint here?” The answer soon came, and an epiphany in an olive grove gave me the knowledge required to change my life. But to leave my marriage and everything I’d known, move to a foreign country to paint – and face possible failure and poverty?

It could have been a colossal mistake to believe that a middle-aged woman with minimal resources like myself could manage to live her dream but it was certainly worth a try… and I’m still living it.

My memoir was written to extoll the virtues of my adopted country of Greece, and as an example of how one woman’s life became enchanted to fulfillment by simply following her heart. I hope my story will inspire readers to follow their own paths to personal enlightenment.

5 Reviews found on

Suzi Stembridge – July 29, 2020:

A fascinating and challenging life recorded with empathy.

This beautifully written and illustrated autobiography is unique. It gives a candid insight on how a talented painter restarts her life as a foreigner on a small Greek island. You can only admire her spirit and her tenacity to overcome all the hurdles and make her mark, so as well as much admired artist she is also a well respected author.

Pamela Allegretto – October 11, 2017:

Both thumbs up!

Pamela Jane Rogers’ passion for painting is apparent in one way or another on nearly every page of this lovely travel memoir. Almost as obvious is her love for Greece both ancient and modern. In this informative and sometimes poignant journey, we follow the notable artist as she strives to make her dream of living in Greece a reality. Along the way, we are privy to an up-close and personal travelogue that includes the sights, tastes, and a peek into daily life on the picturesque island of Poros that you won’t find in your everyday travel book. As an artist myself who has always preferred the confines of a studio, Pamela’s enthusiasm for plein air painting has sparked second thoughts. Pamela’s artistic background clearly influenced her descriptive writing style. 5 stars and both thumbs up!

Elizabeth Haskin – August 29, 2016:

Full of the joy in creativity, a delightful, energizing read.

Rogers has created a warm, friendly and inviting tale of self discovery. Charming and funny anecdotes will keep you reading as the author shares her joy of creativity and love of her adopted Greece and its people. This edition, made richer by the inclusion of her paintings, is well worth the investment. Ultimately readable, you may need to sign up for a painting class or book a trip to Greece when you finish this book!

Kathryn Gauci – July 6, 2016:

I really enjoyed this book

I really enjoyed this book. Pamela's story of leaving an unhappy marriage to pursue her own happiness as an artist and to find the peace of mind an artist needs to bring out the best in oneself, is a heart-warming journey. She found this on the Greek island of Poros where she is now a celebrated artist. The combination of life on the island and the landscape itself had a profound affect on her spirit and her work to ultimately make her the respected artist that she has become. Greekscapes charts this journey. It is uplifting and an inspiration to all who know they deserve more in life but are afraid to seek it out. In addition to the uplifting story, the book is peppered with her wonderful paintings of Greece and especially Poros. Highly recommended.

helen – June 26, 2016:

Spiritual food!

It was highly recommended that I read this book before traveling to Poros Island and the Peloponnese. It more than increased my appetite for visiting Greece--it made me feel a NECESSITY for Greece. Pamela's love for this stunning and gracious country soaked into me, making me smile long before my feet and eyes and skin and mouth and ears beheld Greece, the welcome of its people, and all of its sensual pleasures. For me, the color and light in Pamela's paintings are a spiritual food. What surprised me was how moved I was by the story of how she came to completely change her life and settle in Greece, and particularly in Poros, the latter quite by accident. If you have ever longed to journey to your own deep truth, read this book. If you want or plan to visit Greece, you can get about as close as possible to the real thing by reading Greekscapes.