Amy O’Hearn – New Orleans, LA
I’m Amy O’Hearn, a New Orleans artist who works from home. Art has saved my soul. For years, I felt I had no inspiration, I was restrained by a rigid job and completely drained every day. Until I started painting. Through a meditative and intuitive approach, I have ignited my passion and unleashed my creativity. I thrive on the risk and spontaneity of not having a plan before I start to paint, I clear my mind and let the colors and the brush take me away. I find it very fulfilling when other people interpret my art, noticing things I haven’t. When possible, I like to name my paintings after the visions others see.
My artwork is the culmination of tiny triumphs and mistakes that make it beautiful. I choose different colors and add new layers each time I work on a painting. Each session inspires the choices for the next. I might dislike the shapes or colors one day, but I will keep them in and continue to build until it transforms into something I love. I use a variety of brushes, artist tools and multiple layers that provide texture in my pieces. I especially like to use detail brushes for smooth natural edges, spotting (dots) and subtle combinations of color. When painting subject matter, I like to incorporate the same intuitive approach. The object is the inspiration and my painting is not constrained to the rules of reality. I accomplish this through color choices, not-to-scale sketching, experimenting with the background and the use of bold outlines.
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