Amy Fitzgerald
Painter inspired by the landscape.
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I have always been interested in landscape as an experience - how a place makes me feel, its mood and atmosphere, the memories it triggers and the stories that are intimately bound with it. The landscape of the Fens is very flat and empty and the sky feels open and limitless. For me, it's a place that compels me to go inside myself and my practice has become both self-expression and self-discovery. I paint what I feel from this landscape rather than the detail of what I see. My images are abstract and surreal landscapes - internal landscapes.
The paint itself is an important part of my focus. I enjoy the process of working with oil paints in various different textures and consistencies, from thick and buttery to fluid poured paint. I work intuitively to keep the immediacy and energy of feeling alive, even if the painting has taken many days or weeks to complete. The joy and the struggle of my practice is in learning to loosen the mind and let the painting reveal itself to me. Working in layers, I allow myself to have a dialogue with the painting, allowing for 'chance' effects that I can respond to when taking the painting towards completion.