"I think I prefer the wood panel because I've developed a psychological attachment to it. In my case, working with wood is an experience of it's own because of the complications involved. Most of the time, the work is developed and changed by the pattern, flow, and color of the grain and it's a concentrated and delicate process. I feel that wood is a precious thing and it can't be wasted."
Amy Sol (born in 1981) spent her childhood years in South Korea then moved to Las Vegas, NV where she currently lives and works. She is a self taught artist who typically paints upon treated wooden panel, incorporating the grain of the wood into the painting. When asked why she chooses to live in Las Vegas, Amy Sol states, "I live on the outskirts of town practically in the desert. It’s very quiet and simple here. This environment is very conducive for creating and daydreaming." The common theme of her artworks is young maidens in dream-like nature settings with over-sized or sometimes fanciful creatures. One gets a sense that the girls are interacting with the animals as mythic partners or perhaps "familiars." There is no indication that these animals are pets; rather friends or perhaps partners. The exotic landscapes include plants, impossible trees, mist & fog, clouds, flowers, and rolling hills. With a muted pallet of pastels and washed out grays; her style is influenced by folk-art, manga, vintage illustration and modern design. Amy Sol has dedicated many years of her life mixing pigments and mediums to achieve a unique color pallet of subtly muted tones. She works intuitively from the beginning to end of each piece, with the intent that each painting’s theme or message can be interpreted subjectively.
“The reason (is) the wood really helps me a lot, and I've sort of become addicted to using wood panel. It's become a really important part of the whole piece -- all together -- it holds the whole piece together. The grain of the wood usually is the start of the motion; the flow. The wood always reminds me to keep things moving. When you look at wood grain, sometimes -- and you can almost feel the sense of something alive, of course it was once alive, but that imprint; the foot-print of it is still there. When I paint right on the wood it influences the colors I use. It reminds me to keep things really natural” – Amy Sol says.