Amanda E Gross

ART + ILLUSTRATION | WELCOME!

About + Contact

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CONTACT : grossdraws@gmail.com

ABOUT :

Based in Beacon, New York, I make acrylic paintings, pastel/charcoal drawings, embroideries, cards, and fine art prints. A bright and accessible visual language (hand-lettering, figures, landscapes) is employed to express deep reverence for wild plants, animals, and emotional authenticity, and a playful irreverence for arbitrary social mores. Everything is created in-studio, including fine art printing and frame fabrication. Re-purposed materials (ceramic tiles, paper, fabric, industrial palette wood) are used whenever possible.

Originally from Mundelein, Illinois, I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). When not making art, I pet cats, brew kombucha, go on adventurous walks and hikes, teach art to kids and adults, and enjoy the cultural abundance of the Hudson Valley. 

CREATIVE PROCESS :

In the beginning, each art piece is a spiritual exercise. I want the bright and positive muse/archetypal jokester/universal energy to flow through me; to loosen up, I burn incense, listen to music, dance or drum. Although self-doubt is there EVERY DAY, one must push through it and to get to Flow, when creation becomes a joyous task (ie. mixing colors, feeling the movements of the piece, seeing interesting forms evolving, and intuiting the next steps, following a pixie through a meadow). One must have an idea as motivation upon starting a piece, but ultimately it’s the process and materials that guide it.

ARTIST STATEMENT :

Coming soon!