A Sudden Passing: Peace for Pam Dewhirst

"Someone to Watch Over Me"
By Pamela Dewhirst

It is with a very sad heart that we post the news of another artist's passing. On June 12th, Pam Dewhirst [Chromafolio] passed away suddenly at the age of 44.

Pamela is survived by her loving husband, David [hankim]; father and mother, Ted and Patricia Schneider; her brothers, John and Tom; and her sister, Sue.

"She was a trained artist, with a BFA from Syracuse University. She first began working with CG in the mid-'90s as the lead artist for a software house that created CD-ROM applications, but her enthusiasm for Poser and other applications didn't take off until she was introduced to it in 2001. She joined Renderosity not long after that.

During her time at Renderosity, she was plagued by a multitude of physical problems. However, she made some good and constant friends here. To those that knew her that are saddened by her passing, I would ask you to look at it the way that I have been trying to: For Pam, all of the pain and hurt and suffering are at long last gone. She is in a better place now, her spirit free of the body that imprisoned and tortured her for so long.

Pam was a lifelong animal lover. If anyone wishes to memorialize her, I would like to ask that you make a donation in her name, no matter how small, to your local animal shelter or Humane Society or equivalent. She would have really like that."

~David Dewhirst

  • Pamela's gallery
  • Pamela and David's marketplace
    We welcome the Renderosity community to post their farewell wishes and/or links to images that they have created in honor of Chromofolio. May the family find some peace and comfort knowing that the beauty she created with stay with us in her honor.

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    By: jeweldragon on 6/26/06
    aww this is very sad . i am speechless about this . i hope pam is in a better place now and happy . my prayers go out to her family .

    By: bovi on 6/26/06
    And I was just going through Chromatica Lips! Now I'm bummed out. David, though you don't know me, I know you and Pam through your wonderful products. You have my deepest sympathies. May you have strength - James

    By: dadamson on 6/26/06
    David... my sincerest condolences. Although I did not know pam well, on several occasions our paths crossed and she will be remembered fondly, by myself and CastleDev.

    Debra Adamson

    By: Tamela.J. on 6/26/06
    My deepest deepest sympathies to you, David & your family. Im very sorry to learn about Pams passing. May she rest in peace!!!

    By: Sealynx on 6/26/06
    The most wonderful thing about being an artist is that we always leave beauty behind. While a few works of Art many not seem like much, imagine if everyone could do that. What a wonderful world we would have. This world is richer for having housed Pam and the next gald for her return.
    S

    By: OpenMindDesign on 6/27/06
    I was shocked to see this article...My sympathy to you David and to all your family in this tragic time. Peace to you all xx

    By: jartz on 6/27/06
    My heartfelt condolences to you, and wish peace for you both.

    JB

    By: SK2Design on 6/27/06
    I'm so deeply saddened to hear of Pam's passing. My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family.
    Hugs,
    Tamara

    By: Thardien on 6/27/06
    Pam touched my life through her kind words, encouragement and beautiful art. Through good days and bad, she always tried to manage a positive attitude. I will miss her far longer than the short time I knew her. David- my heart, thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. I am deeply sorry for your loss, but for Pam at least the pain is over. ~John

    By: deemarie on 6/27/06
    A very sad day indeed. Your suggestion of donating something to a local human society is a wonderful idea, I plan to visit my chapter this morning.

    May she be forever remember within her art.
    Gentle Hugs
    Dee-Marie

    By: dolfijntjes on 6/27/06
    my sincerest condolences to you David and the family. I know a little how she felt and what she went true. I believe she's happy now and has no pain anymore

    By: WhopperNnoonWalker- on 6/27/06
    So sad reading. Pam was so young still.
    My deepest sympathies and condolances goes to David and the familie.
    Best Regards Tina

    By: NekhbetSun on 6/27/06
    Deepest sympathy and condolences to you.

    By: ericfarris on 6/27/06
    A sad month, indeed. My heartfelt condolences to you and yours.

    By: Rainfeather on 6/27/06
    my thoughts and prayers to you and your family. this is a sad month for this community with the loss of two brilliant artists. may you find comfort in each of us.

    By: Turtle on 6/27/06
    David, I'm so sorry for your loss. Pam was always special to me. She is the reason I joined Rendo. Yes now shes free of the pain and you are thinking right. Her Spirit will always soar in my eyes. Most people do not know the battles she fought. Peace at last for Pam. I just know she is in a better place. You are a wonderful person, who helped her with her battles of pain. She told me many times how you always stood with her.

    By: Virtual_World on 6/27/06
    My condolences to you and her family!

    By: StaceyG on 6/27/06
    My sympathies to David and all the family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Pam will be missed but she is in a better place and out of pain.

    By: Diandra on 6/27/06
    Oh my goodness, I'm so shocked. Pam was one of the first friends I made here. I'm so sorry, David, for your loss. I know she was often in pain and suffering, so may she now be at complete peace and know real healing!

    By: JeniferC on 6/27/06
    I am very sorry to hear of this loss. Pam was such a beloved artist, and she will truly be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to David and Pam's family.

    By: Rhiannon on 6/27/06
    I am so sorry for your loss David, and will keep you and your family in my blessings.

    By: seaayre on 6/27/06
    I am so very sorry for your loss. My sincere condolences go out to you and the rest of her family.

    By: 4udreamcatcher on 6/27/06
    My deepest condolensces on your loss.

    By: karanta on 6/27/06
    Im so sorry to hear these sad news.
    My heartfelt condolences to you and your family David.

    By: petes on 6/27/06
    sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you.

    By: sd012q on 6/27/06
    im so sorry to hear of this lost of another great person

    may i wish her freinds and family all well and hope that she is in a better place
    god bless you and may you rest in peace

    By: DarkStarRising on 6/27/06
    another sad lost to the art world!
    My thoughts and prayers are with David, and his family at this most difficult time!

    By: Claywoman on 6/27/06
    My condolences. Im terribly sorry for your loss! God bless!

    By: butterfly_fish on 6/27/06
    OMG, not Pam. :-( :-( She was such a good person. She had her demons to fight, and most people didn't seem to understand. But I know that her heart was good, and I liked her a lot. I'm crying as I write this. I'm so very sorry, David. Tell the rest of your family that she will be greatly missed here. *hugs* -Heidi

    By: laetia on 6/27/06
    oh, this is so sad. :-( all my prayers are with you and your family. Pam had a great impact on this community - I've learned a great deal from her. She will not be forgotten.

    By: sarsa on 6/27/06
    I am so sorry to hear this....my condolences, thoughts, and prayers to you and the rest of the family....

    By: Ladonna on 6/27/06
    I am so sorry to hear this....My thoughts are whith her family.
    Another great artist leaved us. So sad..

    By: Steak on 6/28/06
    So sorry for your loss. I am sure all the pain has been removed and nothing but peace taken it's place. Another circle complete. Jerry/Steak

    By: akahastur on 6/28/06
    My condoleances to you and your family, it's so a sad event...

    By: rockets on 6/28/06
    Oh my God David, I'm in total shock. I'm so very sorry...I'm just speechless. Pam was my friend and this news is just devastating. My whole heart is with you and I'm here if you need to talk.

    Big warm bear hugs to you sweetie.
    Carol

    By: Stormi on 6/28/06
    I'm at a loss for words.. I met Pam when I first came to Renderosity,it's so sad to hear of her passing. My sympathy to David and
    the rest of her family.

    By: 3-DArena on 6/28/06
    David, my heart goes out to you.. Pam was a wonderful woman and truly an animal lover. Though we hadn't spoken in awhile due to my own life issues I am truly saddened by this loss to us, the community and especially to you.

    By: Bez on 6/28/06
    I am so sorry to hear this....my thoughts are with you and your family

    By: Mercytoo on 6/28/06
    I did not know Pam, but I am still saddened by this loss. My thoughts are with her family. I work in the pet industry, and I will make a donation in her name to a local animal shelter.

    By: SophiaDeer on 6/28/06
    David I am at a complete loss for words. I am in tears as I write this. Pam was a good friend of mine and I loved her dearly. She was kind and talented...a wonderful person who always spoke so lovingly about you. My heart is so sad with this news. I do not know what else to say.

    By: gypsyangel on 6/28/06
    I am so sorry...Peace to you and your family.

    By: antje on 6/28/06
    I am so sorry to hear this.. :o( My deepest condolences to you and you family.

    By: hmatienzo on 6/28/06
    This is so sad! I *know* she is on to her next big adventure, but still... My deepest condolences!

    By: kayjay97 on 6/28/06
    OMG, I am so sorry. I talked to Pam quite a few times and she was always so kind. My heart felt prayers and condolances to you and your family.

    By: LadyBird5857 on 6/28/06
    My deepest sympathy to Pam's loved ones, you and she are in my prayers. She will watch over you now. God Bless.

    By: LadyElf on 6/28/06
    David, my condolences and sympathies in this trying time. I am totally shocked by this turn of events. I think it's a wonderful thought about the donation to help the animals, she would have liked that very much.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. This is such a loss to so many people.

    By: Angelsinger on 6/28/06
    I don't have proper words... My thoughts and prayers are with you, David. I am deeply sorry for your loss. :(

    By: KarenJ on 6/28/06
    Such sad news. I'm so sorry, David. Pam was a wonderful, caring and warm person and she'll be much missed.

    By: brycek on 6/28/06
    So very sorry to hear this..my thoughts and prayers to your and your family!!

    By: hankim on 6/28/06
    Thank you everyone for your kind messages. I add them all to the list of the things I hold dear.

    By: cwshorty on 6/28/06
    Although sometimes Pam was misunderstood, she had such a big heart, and I am happy to have known her. She was one of very few people to help me along when I first came to rosity and continued to challenge me to do better as time went on - for which I've always been grateful. I feel like I've been hit with a ton of bricks after just hearing of her passing. My condolences to the family, you are in my thoughts and prayers. It's never easy dealing with the loss of a friend, but she suffered for so many years - I pray she rests in peace.

    By: Toribev on 6/29/06
    My sympathies and prayers are with you and yours, David.

    By: Corinne on 6/29/06
    My thoughts and prayers with you and your family. God bless.

    By: judith on 6/29/06
    I knew she was ill, but had no idea to what extent. My sincere sympathies.

    ~judith~

    By: Thorne on 6/29/06
    You have my deepest sympathies. :( I do know how you feel, and my thoughts are with you. Peace to you and your family in this time of sorrow.

    By: Richabri on 6/29/06
    I'm stunned and shocked to hear this tragic news. Pam was one of my dearest friends here and my first partner. We were out of touch for a while but to hear of her passing at such a young age fills me with a sadness words cannot express. Goodbye Sweetie, I hope you're in a better place now.

    By: G0d1v6 on 6/29/06
    So sad to hear about her passing... My condolences to her family and friends.

    By: jjean21 on 6/29/06
    I am so sorry to hear of yet another loss in our circle but knowing that she has been given peace and that her memory will live in your hearts will hopefully help both family and friends in the days to come.

    By: Armorbeast on 6/29/06
    David,I didn't know your wife but the loss of anyone in our community saddens me.Please know that her art represents her life and part of her soul lives on through it as well as through each and every one of you.She is not gone...she will always live on through her art and through the hearts of all who held her dear to them:)

    By: danae on 6/30/06
    David, my deepest sympathies to you and to Pam's loved ones. With our once short correspondence, I had the pleasure of meeting a truly sincere, sweet, bright, creative and giving person that stood out from the crowd with all these traits. She will be missed but she is in a far better place now. My prayers are with you.

    By: TwoPynts on 6/30/06
    Such sad news, Pam will be missed.

    By: Acadia on 6/30/06
    I'm sorry to hear this sad news :( My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and friends.

    By: msebonyluv on 6/30/06
    My condolences to you and family and like her image, she is watching over her loved ones!! May you stay blessed and hold her memories in your heart!!

    By: Prufrock81 on 7/1/06
    Rest in Peace Pamela



    By: AprilYSH on 7/1/06
    Exotica - one of the first names I remembered from Renderosity, her work stood out. Condolences to the family.

    By: Debbie M. on 7/1/06
    My prayers and blessings to you David and the family. Pam will be dearly missed in the Community, but her spirit will live within us forever.

    By: capsces on 7/1/06
    I'm very sorry to hear of Pam's passing. My condolances to you and the rest of her family.

    By: summer1412 on 7/1/06
    This is such a sad thing for this community. Pam was certainly one of the most talented artists here, and I respected her work immensely.

    I give my best wishes to you and her family, and may her sleep be sweet.

    Peace and love to you, and most importantly, to Pam.
    -Summer

    By: Nightwind on 7/2/06
    My sincere condolences to Pam's family. Her creativity and love for art inspired me on numerous occasions. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her to any degree.

    By: Moebius87 on 7/2/06
    My deepest sympathies on your terrible loss, and my prayers go out to her and all her loved ones during this time.

    By: Nanothect on 7/3/06
    I don't really know what to say, except I'm really sorry.

    By: jan_scrapper on 7/3/06
    I never knew Pam, however, I loved her work. I will, indeed, make a donation in her name. To have a love for animals and art makes a very fine person. I pray that God will watch over Pam's family.

    Jan

    By: Syyd on 7/3/06
    To her chldren and husband our deepest, deepest sympathies and compassion. To Pam wherever she may be, rest in sweet peace, and thank you for sharing just a bit of yourself with us.

    By: Burpee on 7/3/06
    A kind and beautiful soul taken way too soon from this life and friends. Hope she is in heaven painting pictured in the clouds.

    By: Panzi on 7/4/06
    I am Pam's mother. Thank you all so very much for your kind word and thoughts. Pamela was a wonderful and talented woman. I will forever miss her. But as David stated, "she is in a better place". Again thank you all.
    Patricia Schneider (Panzi)

    By: DAZ_kevin on 7/4/06
    Pam Will be missed. Our sincere condolences from everyone at DAZ.


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