Portrait of E.B. by Amy Huddleston
Cell Phone Portrait by Amy Huddleston
Steven posing by Amy Huddleston
Portrait Drawing of S.F. by Amy Huddleston
Portrait of S.F. by Amy Huddleston
Today I am posting my interview with Seattle artist Amy Huddleston. Amy got on my radar when I saw the beautiful art she did for my friend Tim Lowly's CD package for Stone At Dawn back a few years ago. I respond to the painterly quality in her work as well as the solid sense of form she creates in every picture. This is a painter you will want to keep an eye on.
1. Amy please tell us what kinds of experiences you had as a child that contributed to you choosing the paths of artist.
Painter, not artist. I did not choose it, I am compelled to do it. Seeing paintings was the single most formative thing. If I had never seen one, I never would have made one. By 12 years old I had seen paintings that were so mesmerizing I had to do it, that was it for me. Nothing else measured up to painting in my mind, as far as work to be done.
2. Were there people you met or situations you experienced as a young artist starting out that were formative?
Yes. Still are, thankfully.
3. Can you share anything regarding how being a mother and the duties that come along with that role may have actually made
your work better or more meaningful?
Without them I wouldn't be much. That is true for a lot of people. We need our tribe, companionship and security. Without that how do you get any work done? Why would it matter? It's all for them and because of them. Plus, there is nothing like the unfiltered opinion of a kid. Adults are not capable of that, we edit and filter and backpedal and are influenced by how it is we want to be "seen". Yay, kids!!
4. If you could put your finger on something that may be missing or just in too short of supply in your life as an artist what
would that be?
Time and money; pretty standard answer.
5. Who are a few of the contemporary artists working today that you feel a kinship with?
Ellen Blazich, Temi Rose, Brian Tutlo.
6. Please list three artworks from art history that you would most like to have for your own collection if it were possible.
"Assumption of the Virgin", Tillman Riemenschneider
"The Open Window", Bonnard
"Flints, Crystals and Bottles", Norman Blamey.
7. Lastly, if an angel investor were to come along side of you and wanted to gift you with $20K what would be a couple things
you might do with that money relating to your artist practice?
My dream camera; painting supplies; a housewife, for however long I could get her, with the money I had left.