Amy Hutto is a professional acrylic artist living in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York having moved to the area in 2017. Originally from Texas, her earliest artistic influence was her father, himself a successful artist and art educator, as well as weekend rancher. Her youth was spent learning from him while he painted and being surrounded by rural farm life as well as cows, sheep, pigs, chickens and rabbits. These experiences would have a direct impact on her later in life. Hutto chose to follow in her father's footsteps, as both an art educator and eventually an artist in her own right. She taught visual art at the elementary and middle school levels for 23 years in Texas before moving to Colorado in 2012 where she was fortunate to pursue her life as a full time artist. Naturally her first subject of choice was animals, both domestic and wild. Hutto also paints many other subjects; among them trees, landscapes, agave, cactus, flowers, and abstracts although her primary focus remains on animals. Her work is influenced by Tom Thomson, the great Canadian artist, and the Group of Seven, as well as Van Gogh and Matisse. A primary goal of Hutto is to convey a sense of energy through movement, achieved by flowing lines and often whimsical positions her subjects take on. Her cows leap, her trees dance and everything pulses with the joy of life. Of her work Hutto says, "I paint what moves me, what makes me think, what makes me smile. When I'm done, I let it go to share those ideas and feelings with others. It's communication and connection, no words required, yet so much conveyed. And each connection made grows the two of us to many. That's what it's all about." Hutto's work can be found in numerous private and corporate collections across the country, and is available for collection in fine art galleries in New York, Colorado, and New Mexico.