There's aesthetic joy in the cheap foods we eat and in the hands we work with but we often overlook it. Luxurious settings and richly decorated people matched with common objects and foods creates a juxtaposition designed to highlight things we take for granted. I am inspired by everyday surroundings, editorial photography and the paintings of aristocracy in the 18th-19th centuries.
Smooth surfaces, a complete precise foundational drawing and 3-5 layers of paint bring to life an idea rendered in watercolor or oil paint. Oil paintings are completed on primed, cradled, birch panels. Watercolors paintings are completed on Arches paper that has been mounted on a cradled, birch panel. All paintings are ready to hang and unframed.
Our world is bursting with the unexpected and the beautiful. In the beauty of the ordinary I am reminded to be grateful and to use my privileges for the good of others.
Amy Lewis is a visual artist working in watercolor and oil paints. Her colorful, realist paintings are snapshots of ordinary life glamorized. Her work can be found in Nova Expansion Gallery, a micro gallery not far from the Seattle Space Needle. She received her BA in Business Management from the University of Washington. She attended a Youth program at Gage Academy of Art in Seattle which introduced classical methods of drawing and painting to her self taught repertoire. Experience is the best teacher and her art education began as a small child and will never end.
She was born, raised and currently lives in the City of Destiny, Tacoma, WA.
2020 collaboration with Grit City Magazine, edition #10
2020 Nova Expansion Gallery
2017-2019 Tacoma Studio Tour
2015 Gage Academy of Art, Portfolio Intensive