August First Friday Exhibit
The Fairbanks Community Museum is exhibiting work by Amy Reisland-Speer for the August First Friday event. Please join us for the First Friday reception from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, August 3rd. Amy describes her work as:
“Paint allows me to express the beauty and colors I experience in nature and in people. I aspire for my paintings to be somewhat realistic but to have the feeling of paint.
I was raised in Tanana, Denali Park and Salcha, Alaska and currently reside in Healy with my husband of 21 years and 9 year old son. Being a born and raised Alaskan I have never lacked for interesting subjects. Acrylics, oils and egg tempera are my favorite mediums. My subjects include landscapes, wildlife, subsistence activities, everyday scenes of Alaska, and Orthodox icons.
I prefer to use the oils and acrylics for landscapes, and Alaskan images such as retired dogsleds and the curious containers Alaskans use as flower planters. My favorite subjects include moose and caribou. I prefer to paint them in bright unrealistic colors but with a realistic form. I enjoy painting ravens inflight and in magical settings. Birds of the interior of Alaska are fascinating to me as well. I try to capture their unique personalities in both natural and unnatural settings.
My goal as an Alaskan artist is to paint all things Alaskan, preserve our way of life and show the future generations how good our life is up here and represent our lives with my work. It seems I never have enough time to paint all the subjects I would like to so I do what I can and look forward to completing a painting and beginning the next. “