Amy Carter was something of a child prodigy in her native New Zealand becoming the youngest person to gain the school certificate in art at the age of 11. Amy went on to attend Art College and completed an Advanced Diploma in Art & Design with a major in Fine Art. After finishing her studies, Amy moved to London where she worked as a freelance artist for production companies as well as painting for private commissions. Before becoming a full time professional artist in 2016.
“I try to capture the natural beauty of the flowers, sometimes painting them after they have started to wilt and decay, giving a darker feel to the work.”
This mood is reflected in the rich blue grey backgrounds that are often present.
“Flowers are very symbolic, often steeped in folklore and intertwined within our culture. Ranunculus, in victorian times symbolised charm and attractiveness. Nearly every species has a specific meaning associated with it. They can symbolise anything from love to death and we have woven them in with our socially constructed ideas of beauty for centuries. “
Amy also paints figurative portraits, often women with floral headdresses which sit alongside her floral pieces, again, they can have a subdued feeling to them, often painting the faces in muted tones and the flowers in full colour.
Influences include Frida Kahlo, Georgia O’Keefe, Vladimir Tretchikoff and Joseph Henry Lynch.