Name: Amy Brown
Title: Fantasy Artist
Birthday: January 18, 1972
Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
Marital Status: Married
Started Painting In: 1992/1993
Artist Most Inspired By: Brian Froud
Describes Self As: Stubborn, Willful, Hectic
Other Hobbies: Reading
Personal Quote: "Oh, what fools these mortals be."
For the Love of the Art
Amy Brown, fantasy artist extraoidinaire, found her talents later in life but enjoyed a relatively quick success. At age 20, she was given the opportunity to paint her first fairy for a showpiece at the custom framing company she worked for. Her first attempt at this art was sold within just a few days. That was the springboard to the new career of the Amy Brown we all know and love to this day.
Amy says she has always had a fondness for fairies, her greatest inspiration being Brian Froud. Although from visiting her website and viewing her elaborate art may make you think it was all easy, Amy says she had to work at improving her art. "When I started painting, I was very stingy with color, mostly light washes; it developed from there as I got more comfortable with the brushes and pigments. When you paint as many pieces as I have, you have to get the hang of it at some point. I had always drawn, so that was easy--though I still have improved greatly since I started watercolors," she shared in an interview with me.
Amy has been showing her work on a broad scale (world-wide) for about 3 years now, and has gained monumental recognition for her talent. She now shares ranks with the artists that once inspired her. She modestly attributes some of her success to mere luck, but I think most of us would agree she has earned the acknowledgement.
How much time does Amy spend painting? Enough that she doesn't have time for many other hobbies. She said "a piece can take anywhere from 15 minutes to several days to draw, and the painting takes 5 hours to a few days, depending on how big the piece is." She paints at least 3 to 4 days a week, and it is clear she truly loves what she does.
On a more personal note, I noticed that the striped leggings she wears in her photo are very similar to the leggings she draws on some of her fairies. I asked her if she feels that some of her own personality goes into each painting. She responded, "To a certain extent, all of my paintings reflect some inner part of myself - the more serious, darker ones come from very deep within, while the cute or funny pieces are very much from the surface. I often find myself giggling while I do those."
Amy seems to capture the very spirit of what most of us feel fairies would (or do) look like. I asked her what she thought of the possibility of their actual existence. She answered, "I try to be very open minded, but am also cursed with a very logical brain. All day long, every day, I am constantly seeing things moving out of the corner of my eye - but I've no proof that it's real entities or my over active imagination. I do think one licked my ankle once when I was walking though the woods; guess you had to be there. My mother says she has seen them, as well as people I have met at fairs and signings, so who knows?" (Continued on Page 2)