Let’s escape into a world where the sun never rises or sets, where we can fly down a Backstreet and spend some time with some little Blue Birds and our other feathery friends! Sound too good to be true? Well it’s not and we have a talented GreenBox Artist that can show us the way there. Let me introduce you to April’s Artist of the Month – Amy Paul. She recently sat down with us to answer some questions about her art, inspirations, and the rich symbolism in her pieces. Here’s what she had to say:
GreenBox: You definitely have unique style that seems to mix elements of the natural world with a surreal world feeling. Can you explain your technique to us?
Amy Paul: I started painting with oil on canvas and switched to working with acrylic on wood after a designing a skateboard deck for a company. I use organic shapes, light, shadows, and birds a lot. Also, I like to paint birds because they symbolize protection.
GB: What aspect of art do you love best?
AP: That it’s illustrative and depicts an idea. I love the imagination and complete freedom to be able to visual describe how I’m feeling.
GB: Could you explain the emotion and scene in your Farewell piece?
AP: That was actually done in a response to a poem for a project that never really ended up happening. Farewell was based on another artist’s poem which was about a person leaving. The bird in this piece symbolizes the person that was leaving and that they were feeling conflicted about it.
GB: How would you describe your style in 3 words?
AP: Oh that’s a tough one… how about symbolic, escapist, and meditative.
GB: How long does it typically take you to create a piece, or does it usually vary?
AP: It definitely varies. It can sometimes take a week, or month, or longer and some I never finish and end up painting over. I think that’s because when it’s painstaking it never feels finished or perfect. I find that the effortless pieces are usually the strongest because they just flow.
GB: How has your style changed over time or has it not changed at all?
AP: I would say that for about 10 years it didn’t change but now I feel like I’m in a transition phase and I’m excited to see what the next 10 years will bring. I’m exploring different mediums like using paper and I’m interested in storytelling.
GB: If you weren’t an artist, what profession would you chose?
AP: Ahh, an architect because I’m very analytical.
GB: What is your favorite piece with GreenBox?
AP: The Bird Crescendo and Ant Farm II pieces.
AP: Neither, they’re intentionally neutral. These are real scenes and I created them from photographs. The power lines are there dividing the sky which dominates our world.
GB: Lastly, Red or white wine – or perhaps something different like hot chocolate?
AP: I’m not too much of a wine drinker, so definitely hot chocolate. In fact Mexican hot chocolate!
Please view all of Amy Paul’s GreenBox Art Collection