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.

High Desert Mirage
High Desert Mirage
  • 31.375 x 31.375 x 2.5 in
  • $2,340.00
Didn't We Get Past This
Didn't We Get Past This
  • 31.375 x 31.375 x 2.5 in
  • $2,340.00
Sending Big Waves Into Motion
Sending Big Waves Into Motion
  • 24 x 24 x 2.5 in
  • $1,500.00
Morningside
Morningside
  • 24 x 24 x 2 in
  • $1,500.00
Burnham Harbor
Burnham Harbor
  • 30 x 30 x 1.5 in
  • $2,340.00
You're Driving Me Crazy, When Are You Coming Home
You're Driving Me Crazy, When Are You Coming Home
  • 24 x 60 x 2 in
  • $3,800.00
Better Place
Better Place
  • 42 x 30 x 2 in
  • $3,400.00
Tightrope of Fortune & Fame
Tightrope of Fortune & Fame
  • 33.75 x 25.25 x 2 in
  • $980.00
Mrs. Potter's Lullaby
Mrs. Potter's Lullaby
  • 33.75 x 25.25 x 2 in
  • $980.00
Surfer Girl
Surfer Girl
  • 48 x 48 x 2 in
  • $5,200.00
Fallen From The Sky
Fallen From The Sky
  • 13.5 x 13.5 x 2.5 in
  • $500.00
Reminiscing #1
Reminiscing #1
  • 24 x 24 x 2 in
  • $1,500.00
Reminiscing #4
Reminiscing #4
  • 24 x 24 x 2 in
  • $1,500.00