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This is a shot of an artist's studio. You can see colored pencils and the glass swan from Amy Lewis' first large oil painting Afternoon Snack.
Artist Amy Lewis works in her studio in downtown Tacoma, Washington. Woman artist working in realism watercolor and oil painting.

Amy Lewis paints to cultivate joy

Amy Lewis is a self taught artist from Washington state. Her watercolor and oil paintings are vivid lifelike snapshots of ordinary life glamorized.

Amy, inspired by fashion editorials and historic paintings of aristocracy, pairs everyday objects with rich backgrounds. The juxtaposition of the ordinary and the luxurious sparks an appreciation for the things we take for granted.

 

She paints to cultivate joy and an appreciation for the beauty that is all around us.

My work is a practice of gratitude

My work is a practice in gratitude. It is the cultivation of joy and an appreciation for the beauty that is all around us. I’m constantly exploring ways to portray ordinary life as glamorous.

 

Everyday objects with luxurious backgrounds create a juxtaposition which sparks an appreciation for the things we take for granted. In the beauty of the ordinary I am reminded to be grateful and to use my privileges for the good of others.

 

Fashion editorials and historic paintings of aristocracy are rich sources of inspiration. I work in watercolor and oil paints. For watercolors and oil paintings, alike, I paint roughly 3-4 layers. Many layers means that the resulting painting has a smooth finish and vivid complex colors. Depending on the size, medium and complexity of a piece they can take 1-2 days or 1-2 months.

CV

Please take a look at my CV. I'm very proud of the work I've accomplished. I'm always looking for more opportunities that are a good fit. Keep me in mind if you have a cool idea! 

Press

2023

News Tribune,

blog event feature

The News Tribune, the local Tacoma paper, featured our event (Tacoma in Seattle) on their blog. 

2023

South Sound Magazine,

blog event feature

We were honored to have "Tacoma in Seattle" featured on the South Sound Magazine's blog.

2023

Art Seen Magazine,

Summer 2023 edition

Gita Joshi's magazine features emerging and mid-career artists in her beautiful print edition magazine. It was an honor to do an interview for Art Seen Magazine.

2021

I reached out to online magazine, Creative Boom, requesting an interview. They accepted, conducted an email interview and published this beautiful article.

2021

After responding to their open call, Envision Arts Magazine chose to feature me in a 6 page spread in their #6 print issue magazine. 

2020

Grit City Magazine reached out to me. They wanted to do a collaboration with me for the poster insert in their 10th print edition. I painted a watercolor inspired by Art Nouveau featuring 20+ Tacoma landmarks. 

Shows

2023

I organized a group pop-up art exhibition in downtown Seattle that featured 10 Tacoma artists (including myself). 

2023

Nick invited me to show Abundance in his anniversary show themed "Celebration"

2023

Proctor Art Gallery,

Artist Feature

May through June I had the honor of being featured at the Proctor Art Gallery. 

2022

Curated by Jeremy Buben, Hideout bar and gallery is a hot spot for contemporary art. It was a thrill to be a part of the group show. My piece "Ivory Tower" was featured and was also on the cover of the print catalog of the show.

2022 & 2023

Ashley Laufer is one of the founders of Anxious Tomato online gallery and she also works at Artco Framing and Gallery. My piece "Ivory Tower" was in a group show in 2022. Then in spring of 2023, Artco gave me a solo show. I decided to expand my solo show into a group show with Erika Norris, whose work compliments mine so well. 

2022

Anxious Tomato,

online gallery show

Anxious Tomato is an online gallery based in Tacoma. They reached out to me and featured me during July 2022. 

2022

Tacoma Consignment

Artist Feature

Tacoma Consignment sells high end, unique home décor. In 2022 they started a project to feature local artists. I was their first artist featured. My work was up February through March. I sold 5 paintings at the closing reception. 

2021-2023

The Arts at the Armory is an event that was developed in lieu of the Tacoma Studio Tour during the pandemic. However, it is ongoing and is a wonderful place to see many Tacoma artists in one place

2021

My downtown Tacoma studio is located in a historic building with tall ceilings. It was the perfect place to host a show. So in September I welcomed guests into my studio to view and purchase work. 

2020-2021

The Nova Expansion Gallery is a micro gallery in Queen Anne Seattle. 

2017-2023

Tacoma Studio Tour

Every year in Tacoma's art month, October, the city hosts a studio tour. Each participating artist opens their studio for guests to see where they work, look at and buy art. 

membership

2022

The Women Painters of Washington was established in 1930. They currently have a gallery space in the Columbia Tour in Seattle. They host events and connect artists with galleries and opportunities. 

awards

2023

As Spaceworks Alumni I was able to apply for a marketing grant awarded by raffle. 

2022

In a group show made up of only Women Painters of Washington members, my painting Great Expectations won first prize.

2017

In a group show at the Proctor Art Fest, my painting Great Expectations won 3rd prize. 

Education

2015

Gage Academy of Art, Seattle

I am  a self taught artist, meaning I did not attend a high school, college or graduate school for the arts. However, I did attend a youth program at Gage Academy. It was a 5 week program (titled "Portfolio Intensive")that introduced me to classical methods of drawing and oil painting. Most of my knowledge is from experience but Gage was a life changing experience for me.

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