Picturing Evanston

Amy O. Woodbury

What brought you to Evanston?
The schools and the green spaces, the trees.

How does your environment inform your art?
With a great lake, lush vegetation and a riot of weather patterns, evanston is a village with vistas; this midwestern framework significantly informs my art, particularly my horizon pieces.

What is your medium?
Usually very mixed: acrylic, house paint, oil pastel, graphite, water color, collage. For building textures, it’s the way to go.

Describe your art, in a hundred words or less.
Painting is very personal and visceral because I paint from my imagination; I am always on the subconscious “look-out”, ready to absorb. This art making is a daily discipline for me and I can’t make just one thing; I bounce around in terms of subject matter and scale. For instance, if i'm working on small, detailed fantasy figures, I then have to counter act that with a large piece, usually a horizon or abstract, that requires large motion. I’m a former dancer/choreographer and my pieces have to move. If I have an agenda, that’s it. That and color.

What are you currently working on?
A life-size, imaginary portrait and a large, un-stretched swath of canvas that may or may not become a figurative piece. always my quick “babbles" on found paper or wood scraps. And lastly, my “passive" studio project: My work table is accruing some honest layers, my rag and paper plate palette collections are growing - in another decade I should have amassed enough for an installation somewhere.

Name one piece of art, by any artist, that blew your mind or otherwise inspired you.
Anything by Henri Matisse. He opened my heart and eyes to art. He pointed the way.

Why art?
It’s an intrinsic part of what it means to be human. And for me, personally, it’s how I’m wired, it’s my truth. It’s my love song to life.

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