Amy Van Winkle

Amy Van Winkle

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It's simple; I create art because it makes me happy. My paintings aren't complicated, but yet they're full of memories and emotions. In my early artistic endeavors, I found comfort in creating pieces that were very linear and controlled, a stark contrast to my always-chaotic life of work and travel.

Just as I’ve grown and evolved, so have my paintings. The mediums I use, oil and encaustic, provide a unique structure for my visual voice. My paintings become a dialog of layers, with transparent and opaque details. I build up these layers and then selectively scrape, incise and scar the surface creating a visible and archival history.

My paintings start intuitively, drawing on inspiration from architecture, nature, song lyrics and quotes. My work remains structured, to the point where I can control the medium. There’s always an element of surprise when my torch or palette knife hits the surface. This plays perfectly on my conflicting need for control and spontaneity at the same time. The surfaces I create look delicate, yet they have endured a history of scraping and/or heating. My paintings are a visual representation and diary of my own journey and explorations.

New Year Harbor Views
New Year Harbor Views
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  • 36 x 48 x 2 in
Quiet Times, #5
Quiet Times, #5
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  • 13.5 x 13.5 x 2.5 in
Quiet Times, #4
Quiet Times, #4
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Quiet Times, #2
Quiet Times, #2
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Quiet Times, #1
Quiet Times, #1
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Quiet Times, #6
Quiet Times, #6
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Spring Snow
Spring Snow
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Snow Covered Forsythia
Snow Covered Forsythia
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  • 37.125 x 25.125 x 2.5 in
Perfume Sweet and Whiskey Strong
Perfume Sweet and Whiskey Strong
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  • 48 x 36 x 2 in
I Woke Up Just The Same
I Woke Up Just The Same
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Soul Searching, #3
Soul Searching, #3
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Soul Searching, #2
Soul Searching, #2
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Soul Searching, #1
Soul Searching, #1
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  • 13.5 x 13.5 x 2.5 in
Quiet Times, #3
Quiet Times, #3
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