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This was my very first artist statement written for my very first art show. It is also my key (s) to happiness.

I used my antique sign press and printed it on pages from high end wall paper sample books. Approximately 11" x 17"

In the photo of the framed copy you will also see flowers I grew in my garden and a portrait of Ella, the animal I loved the hardest. I wanted my bike in the photo too, but that was pushing it.

This listing is for the UNFRAMED print only. The frame in the photo is a $14 target frame.

Portrait of Ella by Jennifer Davis, she could do one of the animal you love:

The fantastic vase on the far left is by etsy artist Heather Braun-Dahl http://www.etsy.com/shop/dahlhaus?ref=seller_info

Amy Rice Artist Statement:

For the past ten years I have used nontraditional print-making methods--including hand cut stencils and a Japanese screen printing toy called a Gocco printer--as a starting point for original mixed media pieces. I use spray paint, acrylics, gouache, and inks, and print on antique papers (preferring handwritten love letters, envelopes, journal pages, sheet music and maps). My surfaces have also included one-hundred year old cedar shingles, barn boards, rusty metal, wooden and metal boxes, wooden panels and discarded cabinet doors.

I am most satisfied when I can make a tangible or visceral connection between the materials used and the image rendered. My work is deeply layered, often both literally and figuratively. My imagery--nostalgic and wistful--is largely biographical and reflective of my pensive nature.

I am as inspired in my art by childhood memories of growing up on a Midwestern farm as I am the urban community in which I now live. I am inspired by bicycles, street art, gardening, random found objects, collective endeavors that challenge hierarchy, acts of compassion, downright silliness, and things with wings.


Grow Flowers. Ride a Bike. Love an Animal. Find Your Wings. Make Art of it All.


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