Pamela Mattson McDonald



Pamela Mattson McDonaldWhile a successful, visual artist at the mouth of the Columbia River for twenty years, Pamela Mattson McDonald relied on acute observation, creativity, and a disciplined focus.

For the last ten she’s honed these skills to the written word. Her work is a window on her varied past experience and worldview. She’s worked in the merchant marines, cooked in fine restaurants, gardened extensively, hiked, climbed, and traveled the world.

Her work is represented in print and on the Internet. Also the author of the Jennifer Harrington Jones Mysteries, Pamela’s eBook’s are available at and iTunes books. She is the author of the unpublished “Slingin’ Hash and Haulin’ Oil”.




Hipfish: alternative press serving the lower columbia pacific region


Seaside Public Library Foundation

  • The Substitute  Short Story Anthology  April 2019


Daily Astorian Newspaper

  • MERTS Boxed Opinion Piece February 2, 2016
  • Traffic Alert: Blizzards and Volcanic Ash Ahead September 11, 2009


Oregon Health and Science University

  • Activity and Restaurant Guide to Healthy Living at the Confluence of the Columbia     June 2015


Heirloom Gardening Magazine


Produce News Magazine

  • Urban Farms     July 2014


Mountain Hiking Magazine


Astoria Coop Newsletter


Rain Magazine, Astoria, Oregon

  • Fiction – Parade   Spring 2014
  • Essay – The Middle of Somewhere   Spring 2011


Huffington Post Live

  • Deployed During the Holidays      December 19, 2012


The Ship Report



  • It Is a Family Disease   September 2012


Sun Magazine

  • Essay in Change of Heart   August 2007


Woodfired Ceramics

  • Coll Minogue and Robert Sanderson; Contributed writing Pg. 139- 40, 2000




  • BFA Alfred University
  • MAE Pacific University
  • AB United States Merchant Marine


Contact Pamela Mattson McDonald