May 4 - 5 , Site: 18
1700 Industrial Road
San Carlos, CA 94070
Painting is both a stepping off point into my imagination and a way to center my thoughts and feelings. Animals of all shapes and sizes have always been my passion. Each piece begins with a deep admiration of the unique beauty and character of the creature I am painting. Other sources of inspiration include an animal's spiritual role in different tribal societies; the visual language associated with animals, cultures or places; a creature's role in the larger ecosystem; and a desire to experiment with different compositional elements. My primary goal is to capture the unique spirit and personality of an animal using a combination of color, line, patterns, symbols and texture. I began my career as a graphic designer and my work still reflects the vivid, iconographic style I developed in this profession. I often use an iPad to compose preliminary sketches or play with color and compositional elements before implementing them in a painting. However, my best work emerges in the midst of the physical act of painting when I find my animal subject guiding my thoughts and decisions. My finished pieces reflect my own interpretations of an animal’s spirit as well as cultural and artistic styles that inspire me.
My work is available at Ugallery (www.ugallery.com/Artist/Amy-Rattner), a juried online gallery representing top emerging and mid-career artists. It has appeared in Southwest Art Magazine, Palette Magazine, the Palo Alto Weekly and the Salinas Californian newspaper. In addition, my work has earned awards in Fusion Art's "Into the Wild International Art Exhibition”; the Pacific Art League’s national juried “Fur, Fins and Feathers” exhibition and “95th Anniversary Exhibition”; as well as Redwood City’s Spring and Fall Art Shows.