Amy Van Winkle
Amy was born in Norwood, MA. Her early artistic pursuits involved creating very controlled and structured mixed media work on canvas utilizing old textbooks, dictionaries and acrylic paint. In 2000, Amy moved to Hong Kong and began exploring Southeast Asia. This experience opened up a whole new world of art, culture and the desire for exploration. She opened up a home décor shop & art gallery in Chicago in September of 2001. It’s during this time she started showing and selling her work.
Amy is a self-taught artist. She now works mainly in the medium of encaustic. Although she creates quite spontaneously, there’s always a hint of structure and control to her paintings. Space, time and transition are common themes in her work. She moved with her family from Chicago to Santa Fe, NM in 2016. They also have a home in Telluride they frequent as often as possible. The mountains, sunsets and blue skies of New Mexico and Colorado have a huge influence on Amy’s paintings. Amy has shown with galleries across the U.S. as well as in Taiwan. She is widely collected in both private and corporate collections.
She lives full-time in Santa Fe with her husband Mike, son Declan and two dogs, Seamus and Oliver.
“It’s simple; I create art because it makes me happy. I try not to overthink the process of what I’m painting and let my intuition be my guide. My paintings become a dialog of layers, with transparent and opaque details. Some of these layers will be sealed in the history of the painting while others will be revealed through scraping and incising the surface. There’s a distinct relationship between the layers of my paintings and my own life experiences. Choosing to reveal certain elements of my history and keeping certain memories hidden and private.
There’s always an element of surprise when my scraper or torch hits the surface. This plays perfectly on my conflicting need for control and desire for spontaneity at the same time. The surfaces I create look delicate, yet they have endured a history of scraping and/or heating. My paintings are a visual representation and diary of my own journey and explorations.”