Amy Brown started painting Faeries in 1992. She had always been interested in Faeries but had never considered them as a career option. At age twenty her boss at a small art gallery asked her to paint something to fill an empty frame that had been sitting around. She suggested a Faery. Three days after it was completed, it sold. So she painted another, and it sold. And so it continued… Amy’s spare time became filled with painting Faeries. “It was like the Faeries had taken control of me and were pushing me to paint their portraits and perhaps to let the world know they are watching.”
Seventeen years later with over 1300 paintings completed, Amy is “still trailing behind helplessly as the Faeries drag me on in a seemingly endless rampage.”
“My passion to paint is like a living creature inside me. All the ideas in my head churn and beg to get out. I'm driven to get them onto paper and out of my head as soon as possible. The characters move and speak in my mind. Snippets of stories flit through my mind while the paint dries. The quicker I can push their essence into the paper with my brush and banish them from my head, the better. Once I've conjured one creature, another is waiting impatiently for its turn.”
Gradually the Faeries have evolved in meaning for Amy... “something more than the typical definition of Faeries as winged girls flitting around in the woods or at the bottom of the garden. They are often wise, majestic and beautiful. Sometimes they are terrible and cruel. They embody grace, mystery, wonder and miracles as well as despair, trickery and desire. Wings can be a symbol of freedom, enlightenment and spiritual growth; or power and strength. Horns and antlers hint at ageless wisdom and grace in some Fae and malice and cunning in others. Feathers signify free spirits or a dark and mournful nature. In the Faery realm, all things become possible and not all is what it seems.”
“My goal in my work has always been to capture a moment and offer that moment to the viewer to weave his or her own story. I want each piece to whisper, taunt and tickle a reaction out of you.”
For further information and Amy Brown’s art gallery please visit her website.