Tell us about your early career. When did you know you wanted to be an artist?
As a teenager, I consciously decided to become a dancer/performer (the choreography part came later). Painting almost came out of the blue. It was something I did as decoration, for fun; I would draw abstract designs on the walls in our home –and badly! I didn’t take it seriously until 1998.
Artists often cite inspirations and influences. What other artists inspire you? Is your work influenced by any specific movement or theory?
Henri Matisse. I choreographed a dance, based on several of his paintings, called “Ode to a Wild Beast”. Today I’m drawn to all kinds of art. For example: artist/cartoonist Edward Steed of The New Yorker. His art is “scratchy.” I love it.
Art usually addresses something conceptual… whether it’s political, personal, emotional. What does your work address in concept?
Personal, in that it has to be authentic. No BS.
Where can someone see your work(s)?
In June, my Annual Front Yard Art Sale will be a part of EVANSTON MADE, a city-wide art gorge. In September, you can find me in a group show at the Evanston Art Center. I was also asked to be in a show at Vivid Art Gallery in Winnetka: “Remembered and Imagined, Portraits of Women by Amy O. Woodbury”. This will be held April 1-30, with an opening reception Friday April 7th, 5-8 p.m.
What other activities and causes are you passionate about?
Eating plant-based foods. Keeping public lands public. My yoga practice.
What is the best advice you’ve received?
“You can do whatever you want.”
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