Amy Giglio Art is a watercolor artist based in Cincinnati, Ohio. She makes beautiful handmade art inspired by nature. Meet Amy Giglio Art at our 2017 Ohio Explored Holiday Maker Mart on December 3rd!
Tell us about yourself & your local business.
My name is Amy L. Giglio, (or @amygiglioart on Instagram and Facebook). I moved to Ohio from Connecticut in 2014 and now live in Mount Auburn, Cincinnati, Ohio. I am a watercolor and ink artist who is greatly inspired by the natural world. My favorite subjects are animals, plants and landscapes. I am experienced in a wide range of 2D artistic media from traditional to digital.
What drew you to your craft?
This is a hard question for me to answer, as I honestly do not remember. Drawing and making things has always been a part of my life. According to my mother, I picked up a pencil and started drawing at the age of 2! At the very core of my drive to create is the beauty I see in the world around me. I am so inspired by those fleeting moments of wonder, like a sunset or a flower in bloom, that I want to give them more permanence. Almost like capturing a memory, except I am trying to catch that spark of inspiration. The goal behind my drive to create is for my inspiration, and the beauty I see, to be made into a form which can be shared with others. I would love for my art to stand as a simple reminder that life is beautiful, if only you look in the right places. :)
What is your favorite thing you have ever made?
Wow! Another tough one! Hmmm... I don't think I've made it yet lol. But I would say that the most heartfelt piece I have made would be the pet portrait of our dog Daisy that I made for my boyfriend as a Christmas gift last year. When he saw the painting it brought him to tears!
What did you want to be when you grew up?
My first love is, and always will be horses. So naturally I wanted to be a professional rider. I'd still like to be one... maybe someday?
What is your creative process?
My creative process is always sparked and then fueled by my inspiration. Sometimes inspiration can have deep roots, ideas that began years ago that finally take form, or it can be as simple as some gorgeous photography I saw online. The next step is to get out all my supplies and start sketching. I usually do some practice sketches in pencil to familiarize myself with the subject and to warm up. Then I plan out how I want the final piece to look. Sometimes this involves more sketching, either in pencil or watercolor. This step helps me figure out my colors and make sure the composition is balanced. Then I move on to creating the finished artwork. I generally don't paint free hand but like to do an under sketch first. From there it is just a process of layering glazes of paint to create form and depth. I know a painting is done when I am happy with the level of rendering and contrast. This varies from piece to piece. Often times I will add finishing touches with pen or colored pencil to really help certain areas 'pop'. Depending on the scale and complexity of a piece, this process can take a couple hours or be stretched out over several days with breaks in between painting sessions.
What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?
Oh boy.... lots of things! First and foremost, don't give up on your dream just because the road has a few bumps in it or because other people don't believe in it. Have trust and faith in yourself that you can handle whatever life throws your way. Also, that I should have gone to school for art the first time!
Why is it important to support local artists & makers?
I believe that we need creative people in the world for many reasons. For one, out-of-the-box creative thinkers can help solve problems in new ways, and that is something we need now and in the future. I think there is great value in goods and services that were made with human hands, there is that 'touch' of a life that no machine can ever recreate. There is also great value in the skill of the maker. The human world would be a bland and dull place without creatives. It would kind of be like living in black and white instead of color. Lastly, I think that being and artist or maker is just as valid a career as any other because it requires just as much, if not more skill, for someone to be successful at it. By supporting local artists, you are helping that creativity flourish and putting something beautiful back into the world.
Why do you love doing what you do?
I love the process of creating art! I love each step from beginning to end, from watching a form take shape on the paper in front of me, to the way watercolors flow from my brush, to seeing another person's reaction to the finished work of art. In all honesty, its like play for me and I feel fortunate to be doing something I enjoy so much.
What advice do you have for other women who want to start their own businesses?
I could probably write a book on this but here goes: Do your research. Have a plan. Save 3 to 6 months worth of expense money before you start. Realize that at least in the beginning you will have to handle ALL aspects of your business, even the ones that have nothing to do with creating. You MUST have a website. And most importantly to believe in yourself! You can do anything you set your mind to, just take it one step at a time.
Meet Amy Giglio Art at our Ohio Explored Holiday Maker Mart!