Episode 81-Amy Brnger, oilpainter, Elliot, ME
I have painted still life, flowers, and landscape for as long as I have been an artist. The three genres have always interested me, mainly because I use nature as a vehicle, or an excuse, to paint, and I enjoy painting places and things in which I am familiar or curious. With my interiors, still life and landscape are often paired together, as both influence one another equally, in my mind. These subjects are strongly related, since the kinds of still life objects I often choose to paint are themselves directly derived from the landscape: flowers; leaves; fruits and vegetables; bird's nests, etc. I also enjoy painting flowers and food on their own. All images are painted rapidly, in an effort to capture the changing nature of organic forms.
My landscape paintings are also a way to record and enjoy the region where I reside. The seacoast region is made up of varying vistas: small neighborhoods; cities; towns; woods; some beautiful and some ugly. My world is representative of many similar places in the United States, yet it is special to me. I enjoy being outside and painting, whatever the image, as I am immersed with the places in which I am most familiar.