My painting Preservation is featured on the current cover of the Denver Quarterly. Aside from being on the cover, I’m also happy to have another opportunity to get the message out regarding animal and ecological welfare. The circle of leaves was an image that came to mind before falling asleep, and I made note of it in my sketchbook. Using the leaves to replace the head (which is in keeping with some recent paintings where I use landscapes or trees in place of heads), represents the connection of all life forms. Nature is so much a part of us that I freely use trees or landscapes in place of heads or limbs, just to emphasize that connection and significance.
The small lot of land the deer stands on is in reference to our dire need to conserve wild land and forests. The natural space is shrinking due to deforestation. All the more reason to plant trees and support organizations that preserve natural habitats.
In many of my paintings, I use the eyes and facial expressions of animals to convey a sense of connection and relatability, but lately I’ve been doing the opposite and feature animals without faces or covered faces. I’ve been exploring the idea of Anonymity vs. Connection- without seeing their faces, does that make them any less personable or meaningful? And how does this apply on a global scale?
The opening for my 2-person exhibition with photographer Lee Deigaard will be this weekend at LeMieux Galleries in New Orleans. The event takes place during White Linen Night on Saturday, August 6th, from 5:30-9:30pm. Recent paintings from my In Our Veins series will be on exhibit in the Main Gallery through September 24th.
I’ve finally finished my large painting as well as a couple of smaller pieces. All three are the latest in my In Our Veins series. The first is titled On the Rise and is an acrylic on canvas, 10″ wide by 20″ high. This piece was created in an effort to raise awareness of the plight of animals in the Arctic. Next is Arise, also an acrylic on canvas, 6″ by 6″ square. The skull serves as a landscape for wild horses, linking humans and animals. Lastly is the latest addition to the smaller paintings, Stem, which is 4″ by 4.” The deer wears a wreath of roses, representing their connection to each other and all of nature. View all three paintings online here: On the Rise, Arise, and Stem.
A couple of photos of my latest painting in progress. This will be part of my In Our Veins series. The first rough layer of paint has been added, and I’m currently working on building the layers of color and detail to the ocean water. It is an acrylic on canvas, 10″ wide by 20″ high. More details soon!
Literary journal, Sundog Lit, recently published my work on the cover of their latest issue. My painting, The Sum of Its Parts, is featured on Issue 10, available now. More details can be found online here: https://sundoglit.com/2016/03/11/issue-10/.
One of my paintings from my New Realm series has recently found a new home. The painting is titled Acceptance and is one of my largest paintings at 48″ wide by 36″ high. View more paintings from the series here: http://amyguidry.com/beginning.html.
I’ve recently finished some new work in my In Our Veins series. Dissociate is an acrylic on canvas, 12″ wide by 6″ high. Lately I’ve been exploring the “opposite” of many paintings in this series. Whereas in previous paintings, I relied on eyes and facial expressions to convey a sense of connection, these recent works show animals without faces or covered faces. Anonymity vs. connection- without seeing their faces, does that make them any less personable? Meaningful? And how does this apply on a global scale? These are some of the questions I’m working on with these and future paintings.
I’ve just finished a new addition to my In Our Veins series. This painting is titled Equal and is an acrylic on canvas, 14″ wide by 11″ high. View the painting online here: http://amyguidry.com/equal.html.
My most recent painting is now online. The title is Preservation and it is an acrylic on canvas, 8″ wide by 10″ high. The deer and leaves illustrate the connection between animals and forests, and the need to protect nature as a whole. It is the latest addition to my In Our Veins series, and can be viewed online here: http://amyguidry.com/preservation.html.