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Standard Goods Featured Artist: Amy Stone

Get to know a little about artist Amy Stone in our interview! We are very excited to have her joining us and her beautiful vibrant paintings hanging on our walls. Come by the shop Thursday evening for Capitol Hill Art Walk, to see more from Lyla and Amy. Also at 8:00 pm there will be a live musical performance by Earth Meets Sky; a folk roots group with tight harmonies and infectious melodies. See you there! 
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When did you first start painting and how did you start your career as an artist?
I have been painting my entire life. My grandfather was an incredible artist and some of my earliest memories of painting with him. I first took art classes when I was 6 yrs old and went on to receive a BA in Fine Arts and MA in Art Education. After all of that I ended up with a career in the wine industry which I left in 2016 to pursue my art full time after having my second son.

3 words to describe your creative style?
Colorful, unique, textured
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What artists are you most influenced by?
 Joan Mitchell, Jean Michelle Basquiat, and my 4 yr old son are some of my favs. 3 completely opposite styles yet all uniquely their own.

What do you hope to convey to the viewer with your work?
It depends on the piece. I’d like my work to convey a sense of peace and beauty, however imperfect that beauty is.
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If you could hop in a time machine where/when would you go?
Ohhhh fun. The NYC art scene in the 80’s would be a fun place to travel to, but I think I would travel back to my honeymoon in Italy. It was truly the most incredible trip filled with all of my favorite things…the love of my life, incredible food and wine, new adventures, art, incredible sites and so many laughs.

What is your process like when starting a new painting? Do you plan out your work, or is it a more visceral process? –
It really depends. Commissioned pieces are always more planned because I generally have a color scheme and certain requests from the client. I usually have an idea of palette and layout of a painting but then ideas get tweaked in the process. I often find the less I think and the more I let the process become visceral the better, or rather more honest, the outcome.
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What are your future goals and ambitions as an artist? I’d love to have people knocking down my door for work at some point, and have commissions booked out months and month at a time, but I’m happy with where I am right now continuing to explore new techniques and ideas and steady with work and shows.

What do you find to be the hardest part about being an abstract painter? – Honestly? Keeping my brushes clean 😊.

Where do you find your inspiration for color? – Everywhere! Nature, fashion, other artists, nail polish colors, food. You name it.

Anything else you would like to share with our viewers?
In addition to Standard Goods I will be at Rat City Studios in White Center on Friday, June 9th from 4-10pm and Saturday, June 10th 10am-8pm. I will have a variety of pieces with me so stop by and say hello!

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