Amy K Art
“My dreams are to blame for the most vivid, dark, sad and terrifying moments of my life and they, more than anything, fuel the inspiration behind my work. I have lived a relatively joyful and secure life, in spite of where my mind takes me when I sleep. I always thought that was fascinating and still cannot quite make sense of it, but I am ok with the divergence and have come to embrace it. The combination of my comfortable reality and my somber dreams are responsible the melancholic ambiance of my pieces.
I like to think of my work as capturing moments that we initially see as irrelevant, but have a profound impact on us when our memories take us back to them. Those are the things that stick out in my mind and weigh heavy on my heart, and I cannot seem to find peace until I create a visual, tangible piece of that memory or feeling. I become anxious when asked to explain my pieces and I have a difficult time putting into words what that drawing or painting represents in such a way that people might understand, and a lot of the time I don’t understand it myself. Every once in a while my mind will give me a break and allow me to find pleasure in drawing something simply because it is pretty which I greatly appreciate, but those are rare.
Despite the dark nature of my artistic inspirations, I absolutely love what I do and would not trade it for the world. I feel fortunate to have been given a gift that allows me to see something intriguing and beautiful in the grim niches of this existence.”
Born in August, 1986, from childhood to adulthood, Atlanta-based artist Amy Katherine Minchew was rarely ever spotted without a sketchbook in hand. Her early homeschool experience with its flexibility and versatility allowed her the freedom to explore her creativity under no confines or limitations. She has been diligently working on creating her own brand of beautifully painted images. Using all different types of media, she adds in elements and influential symbols of her past and present to each piece. Beyond the aesthetics of her artwork, Amy brings an overwhelming sense of passion to her paintings. Touching on themes of love, death, conflict and duality, Amy’s art tells stories of strength and hope through emotion and sentiment with her sensual beauties and signature doe-eyed women. Her work is often recognized by her signature, abstract mandala designs, variations of Heterochromia, the melancholic expressions of her characters, and her distinctive curvaceous, soft women.