21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch in 2013 | Amy Karnes

Amy Karnes, Western Paradise, oil, 20 x 24.

Amy Karnes, Western Paradise, oil, 20 x 24.

Colorado

Art Education: Bachelor of science in visual arts and a master’s degree in fine arts from Pensacola Christian College in Florida. I studied under Brian Jekel.

Style: Narrative representational.

Creative Spark: Most of my inspiration comes from my upbringing on a farm in Kansas. I strive to capture memories and moments of the simple life, a hard work ethic, family ties, and the beauty of God’s creation. Sometimes creative sparks come from a child’s gesture, early evening lighting, a brilliant sunset, or another artist’s masterpiece.

Other Passions: Farm life, enjoying the outdoors, preserving our American heritage, and spending time with the people I love.

One Thing Most People Don’t Know About You: Alone in the car or at my easel, you’ll always find me humming a tune. I love singing when nobody’s listening.

Amy Karnes, Morning Chores, oil, 12 x 16.

Amy Karnes, Morning Chores, oil, 12 x 16.

Best Advice Received: The goal for each painting should be to make it the best painting you’ve ever done.

Biggest Fear: That I’ll clean my brush in my coffee instead of in the thinner by mistake.

Quirkiest Trait: Close friends say I zone out. Truthfully, I’m just zoning in on my newest project or studying the environment, mentally mixing colors and values.

Price Range: $250 to $4,500.

Representation: Amery Bohling Fine Art, Scottsdale, AZ; Gallery 101, Marion, KS; ElevenOne Studios, Lillington, NC; www.amykarnesfineart.com.

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