Amy can you start off by giving us a little background on yourself?
My family moved to Colorado from Florida when I was about 2 years old.
Growing up in Colorado gave me a respect for nature. The mountains were only an hour away and the foothills even closer. I guess I took for granted the amazing beauty that was always so near. It wasnt until I left and moved to Chicago that I realized how much I missed it and how much a part of me it was.
At what age did you first discover your love for art?
When I was a little girl, my grandma, who was a talented painter, taught me about oil paints and acrylics. She used to let me use her easel, brushes and paints. Those experiences with her really influenced my drive for creativity. I loved the time she and I spent together painting, and she taught me a lot.
The first painting I remember doing was in kindergarten. It was a really large tempra painting of 3 big flowers. My mom framed it and we had it around the house for years. Somehow over time we lost track of it, which is too bad, I would love to see that painting again! Ever since I could hold a pen, I have been drawing, and creating art.
Did you go to school to be an artist? And if so how do you think that shaped you today?
In High School I took every art class that was offered, and my senior year I decided to take my love of art to the next level and applied to The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Moving to Chicago was an eye opening experience. I had never lived in a big city and was in awe of the architecture and abundance of public art. The best part of attending SAIC was the ability to see the master works in the museum at any time, to study their lines, brush marks and compositions. I started keeping art journals and drawing everyday. Art school was an awakening of my creative self.
I absolutely love your style! Whom or what are your inspirations?
I am mostly inspired by artists who are whimsical and somewhat childlike. When I first discovered Juxtapoz magazine years ago I was blown away, inspired and so excited to see a publication that printed artwork that I could relate to. Some of my favorite artists are Joe Sorren, Mark Ryden, Liz McGrath and Scott Radke. Their artwork consistently inspires me to be better and work harder.
I actually came across you while visiting Wicker Park fest in Chicago. Do you exhibit at a lot of festivals and do you see a payoff for doing so?
This was the 2nd year that I participated in the Wicker Park Fest, and the 4th festival I have participated in. Last year I showed at Wells Street, Wicker Park and at Bumbershoot in Seattle. I have found that the best part of showing at festivals is the feedback I get from the public. I love hearing what people have to say about my artwork. Their comments give me ideas, and inspiration.
Do you have a favorite medium to work with and what draws you to it?
I usually create my artwork with a combination of ink, and acrylic paint. Some of my pieces are created using ink and watercolor pencil. I really enjoy both mediums. It is the process and layers I have come to enjoy. Seeing the final product emerge from the many layers of paint is very rewarding. I have grown to enjoy this process, to slow down and have patience with my creations.
Art and music usually tie hand in hand, do you have any favorite bands you have been listening to?
Lately, I really like Belle and Sebastian, Say Hi, Cass Mc Combs, and Langhorn Slim.
Do you have any upcoming gallery shows you would like to promote?
For now I am just focusing on creating more artwork. I have a store on Etsy, and put some of my works up there, buy mostly I am working on new works to show in the future.
Where is the best place for someone to view and purchase your art?
Some of my works are for sale at Futurgarb on Milwaukee Ave, and the smaller works and prints are for sale at the Etsy site. AmyRoseArt.Etsy.com