Amy Hutto is an acrylic fine artist living in Upstate New York. She specializes in works filled with vivid color, bold textures, and unique renderings of traditional subjects. Her work can be found at The Leigh Gallery in Chicago; West End Gallery in Corning NY, Aspen and Evergreen Gallery in Estes Park CO, and Red Canyon Art in Lyons, CO.
As an artist, and as a person, I am the sum of my encounters, big and small. From early experiences with my father who was an artist as well as a teacher and cattle rancher- to the places I’ve been and will go, I gather those happenstances and they somehow become a part of my art; whether through the subject I choose, or the colors, or how I render my ideas. I’m often asked why purple elk, turquoise cows, or blue bears? Because I can’t NOT depict them that way. Its how I’m wired to create! It’s as if the colors reflect the inner joy and personality of each one.
Two aspects of my work that stand out are my use of color and texture, no matter the subject. Bold, bright, contrasting colors are my usual choice with a touch of gold leaf to finish. The warm metallic golden gleam catches the eye; as well as being a technique that spans centuries, giving me a feeling of connectivity beyond now. Texture serves to create interest and depth in the layers in my work. I can see other colors peeking out from under a scribble, or my palette knife sweeps across and lifts or deposits colors along its path. In that way, color and texture are intertwined in my work. For me, it’s difficult to have one without the other.
I work in acrylics and love the freedom they bring. They allow me to be impulsive and work with energy, and that comes through in what I create. I primarily depict animals, from domestic farm to wild and abstracts. My abstract paintings are often evocative of aerial views of the landscape as seen from your window seat on an airplane. I’ve always marveled at the geometric shapes and meandering lines that demarcate field from field, and the natural demarcations of land and water. Every abstract is a visual representation of a thought path. Each one develops from simple beginnings of line; meandering, stopping, leading on- with aha moments of bold color, before finishing with gold leaf in synchronicity. I create in all sizes from very small to very large, and enjoy the challenges both present.
Recently I was granted an artist in residence experience with the AnnMarie Sculpture Gardens, a Smithsonian Affiliate, in Solomons Maryland. I came away filled with the inspiration I gained through not only the work I began but the relationships I built with other artists; an invaluable gift. I look forward to repeating this experience in other locales near and far.
At the end of it all, I want my art to make others happy, to make them think or look at things in a new way. Because, after-all, that’s what it does for me.
Education, Exhibitions, Etc…
•Graduated from Tarleton State University in Stephenville, TX with a BS, and went on to complete Education certification requirements from St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX. Obtained All Level Art Certification and taught elementary and middle school art for 23 years.
•Participated in and presented at a number of conventions, classes and workshops with esteemed artists throughout teaching and professional art career.
•In 2012, left teaching to pursue professional art career
•Recent Artist in Residence AnnMarie Sculpture Garden and Art Center Artist in Action 2019
•Exhibited in several national and international shows including; the 2017 Brownsville Museum of Fine Art 45th International Art Show, 2017 Art League Rhode Island’s Boats, Surf and Beaches International Show, Escape-Art on Vacation National Show AnnMarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center 2017, 2016 and 2017 Loveland National Fine Art Show, and 2017 National Association of Women Artists New Member Show, Coming up in 2019 she will be one of two featured artists in “Cream Of The Crop” Arts Center of Yates County beginning in June and a featured artist for Spotlight Exhibit with West End Gallery of Corning in October.
•Art selected twice for the State of Colorado Art on Loan Long Term Exhibition in the years 2015 and 2016 for Colorado Senators Gardner and Bennet’s Washington DC offices and meeting rooms- “Thundering Hooves” 36x36 Running Bison, and “Golden Aspen” 36x36 Aspen Trees
•Art chosen for display in the City of Fort Collins CO, Mayor’s office “Big Daddy Bighorn” 30x30 Bighorn Sheep
•Art in numerous private collections across the country as well as the corporate collection of Rhino Marketing in Houston,TX
•Member-Art Association of Northern Colorado, Member/Officer-Thompson Valley Art League, Member-the Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes, Member-National Association of Women Artists
•Current representation: The Leigh Gallery Chicago,IL; West End Gallery Corning, NY; Aspen and Evergreen Gallery Estes Park, CO
•Featured cover art Discover Fort Collins Magazine, including inside write up on artist and work 2017
•Contributing Writer for Live An Artful Life online magazine 2018-present