Amy Rie McGuire
Nature has always been my inspiration.
Growing up in rural Northwestern Connecticut allowed me the freedom to explore the woods, fields, and streams to gain an understanding and love of plant and animal life. The design and structure of the natural world is the driving force behind my work.
My art is comprised of four distinct bodies of work. Each of these grow as I continue to develop a clearer understanding of the force that inspires them.
Because of my appreciation of detail and the exactness in the created world and also the character that this may express, the first body of work consists of botanical illustrations, silk painting, and portraits of my “beasty” friends. I continue to work defining and articulating the beauty and complexities of nature, especially the beauty, delicacy, and intricacy of flora, and the attitudes expressed by fauna.
The second body of work comprises the larger view of nature in its totality of the landscape and seascape. These works portray the ever changing colors and light on land and sea.
Third, the still life, is important to me as a gesture captured in a moment when everything about the subject is striking at that moment. The light, shadows, reflections, color, shape, and texture all come together and capture for me an awe inspiring moment in time.
Fourth, and potentially most important, is the visual depiction of my relationship with The Source of Creation, my God. My quest is to visually portray this impetus of inspiration, this energy, as it moves around and through me, inspiring me, guiding me, and developing me. This energy always was and always will be, and is all around us in the quantum field—the matrix. This energy is also inside of us and is associated with color, shape, the five senses, the organs, and all the cells of our bodies. This energy governs our thoughts, our emotions, and our outcomes. It is what creates us and everything we have and are. This art work details that moment of inspiration and manifestation, and the myriad of possibilities waiting to come forth into form.
Amy Rie McGuire
Education: Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA- Abstract Art and Painting
The Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY- Textile Design and Surface Design
The Institute of Eco Systems, Millbrook, NY and SUNY Ulster- Natural Science Illustration
Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock, NY-Painting with Karen O,Neil and St Julian Fishburne
Parsons School of Design, New York, NY- Illustration and Textile Design
Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT- Participant at Center for Creative Youth
Litchfield High School, Litchfield, CT- Drawing, Painting, Design with Robert Dublac
Exhibitions: Scholastic Art Competitions Hartford, CT 1976
Greater Hartford Arts Festival Hartford, CT 1979
Woodstock School of Art Woodstock, NY 2001
Goleria Boriken Rhinebeck, NY 2003
Family Network Chiropractic Kingston, NY 2005
Woodstock Walk-In Doctors Office Woodstock, NY 2006
Ulster Savings Bank Kingston, NY 2005, 2006, 2007,
The Arts Upstairs Gallery Phoenicia, NY 2005, 2006
Village Art and Frame Gallery Babylon, NY 2008
Evergreen Gallery Great Barrington, MA 2009, 2010
Catskill Art and Office Woodstock, NY 2011, 2012
Ulster Savings Bank Woodstock, NY 2012
Awards: 1st Place Pencil Drawing Scholastic Art Competition 1976
Best Surface Design Milekin Textile Design Competition1981
Member: Woodstock Artist Association and Museum Woodstock, NY current
American Craft Council current
Guild of natural Science Illustrators current
Barrett Art CenterPoughkeepsie, NY current
Publications:Woodstock Guide 2013,2014,2015
Art and Food Washington Art Association washington Depot, CT 2014