Amy Bryce is a Cincinnati artist that creates stunning hand-painted watercolor art. Meet Amy Bryce Watercolors at our 2017 Ohio Explored Holiday Maker Mart on December 3rd!
Tell us about your background.
My undergraduate degree in chemical engineering (I am secretly a geek), but while I was in college, I was able to make time to take a drawing class and a design class. I especially liked the drawing class -- it was 6 hours of life drawing 2 times a week, and the instructor was one of those rare teachers that resisted trying to impose her aesthetic on the class. There were a lot of aspiring architects in that class, and they were all very 'particular' artists. It was the first time I discovered that particular is not me.
Then I paused the art for a really long time. More education, working for a while, and there just wasn't time. Fast forward many years, and I found myself in a fairly small town in rural Oklahoma with very small children. I was looking for something to do so that I didn't go entirely stir crazy, and a friend and I ended up auditing an oil painting class at the local university. Then I tried a watercolor class, and I was hooked. I was lucky to find a group of painters, that met weekly, and I've been painting ever since.
Why do you love what you do and what advice do you have for others?
With watercolor, I really liked the speed, the intensity, and the balance between control and risk. If you are a willing to cede just a little bit of the control over to what might happen, the outcome can be powerful. This doesn't always work, of course, but it is a great gamble.
I've found that my style is suited to painting without reference. I try and use what I see to create scenes or abstracts that convey a feeling of place. I believe this has a formal name, but you may have noticed that my art education is piecemeal. The other thing I try and do is be fairly systematic about painting. It's like anything--the more you practice, the better you can get, and you have to keep using that skill to keep it up.
When did you decide to turn painting into a business?
I really moved into the business side when we relocated to Ohio. I started participating in a couple of local shows, got going on Etsy, and have met a lot of people that have inspired and motivated me. People do some really courageous and interesting things.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
President. (ha) And, then an engineer. (That later one panned out.)
What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?
Paint more, and be confident.
What is your favorite thing you have ever made?
My all time favorite is Storm Over Cornfield.
Why is it important to support local artists & makers?
I've lived all over the country, and it turned out that to me, a sense of home and community is very important. The style and flair that you get from local helps to establish that sense of home.
Meet Amy Bryce Watercolors at our Ohio Explored Holiday Maker Mart!