Amelia Opie

Amelia Opie “I was born in 1967 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, but my family moved to Bucks County, Pennsylvania when I was 3. I grew up with 3 siblings, and 2 parents in a semi-rural part of PA. My mother, besides being an amazing sculptor, is a lover of animals, so I grew up surrounded by all kinds of animals. My mother, Sue, did quite a bit of wild animal rescue as well.So, I grew up surrounded by nature, dogs, cats, horses, chickens, and an incoming and out going brood of wild animals.I think some of these early experiences have influenced my paintings today. Usually I paint anthropomorphic animal(s) in a semi rural setting. In my paintings, I enjoy using some references to help with drawing, and landscape ideas, but otherwise I try and paint more in a fantasy style. I feel really blessed to be able to imagine whatever I want to paint, and then to try and find some semblance of order in a painting. Sometimes paintings are successful, and sometimes not. It can be very difficult to make a successful fantasy painting. Earlier in my life I attended and graduated from Tyler school of Art, and U.C. Davis. I studied painting in both schools. In 1994 I moved to Portland, Oregon, and decided to stay, because I loved Portland so much. The first thing that struck me was how many murals were painted all over Portland. I had never been anywhere that had so much art lovingly painted on buildings for every one to enjoy. It pretty much told me that other artists liked living in Portland too!I am now married and live in SE. I have one son who is autistic, and in high school. This might be the biggest challenge in my life so far; raising a person with autism. Maybe for some cosmic reason, I was the right person for the job. One of the paintings in the Goodfoot Pub and Lounge is called the Queen. I’m planning on doing a small series of paintings based around her, and her life. In this painting I was thinking about status. Those of status wear clothing, and those without have none. The Queen has the most clothing. I also like that her litter appears to be cobbled together from natural materials that are a part of her environment.Paintings should always be a little silly and fun, because life is so serious.”  

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