Finding my Re-purpose by Amy Stone

April 15th, 2022

"My paintings are not perfect. There are unintentional drips and marks. I do not tape my edges and often don't paint my edges. I like things to be natural and real because that is life."

In April of 2019, we had the honor of showing Amy Stone's powerful feminine, raw paintings in our gallery, just 2 months after we opened. It was such a hopeful and joyful time, I love looking back at all the openings and friends we made at the beginning of Cura and all the wonderful talent we partnered with.

It's really hard to process that it's been 4 years since then, but pandemic time trickery not withstanding, we are honored for the opportunity to share her latest body of work, "Finding my Re-purpose" and to also provide a little more insight into who she is and what she values as an artist, a mother, and a woman at this moment in time.

If you were writing your memoir in 5 chapters what would you title each chapter of your life thus far and why?

Learning Life Early - Divorce, Death and The Fun Times in Between. 1979-1997

East Coast Girl Moves West: College in Colorado. 1997-2001

The NYC Years - Love, Marriage, every job under the sun, Wine and a Baby Carriage. 2001-2014

East Coast Girl Moves West, Again: Reinventing life in Seattle after my husband and then 17 month old son moved from NYC to Seattle in hopes of a more laid back lifestyle, family of 3 becomes family of 4. 2014-2016

Art, Motherhood, and The Covid Years 2016-present. Began painting again in 2016 after my second son was born, motherhood majorly influenced a lot of my early work and then Covid hit. Wah Wah. 

What’s the one thing you hope people take away from your work?

I hope people are able to find a sense of peace and contentment, mixed with a bit of curiosity.  

What do you choose to invest in outside of your work? 

Gardening, friends, family, right now I am chairing the auction at my kids' school and it's been consuming a lot of my time, but it's for a great cause. I love bringing people together as a community. 

What things or practices can’t you live without?

Yoga, Coffee, Music, Books, Sleep, Laughter. Not necessarily in that order. 

What's on your playlist right now?

 Always a little bit of everything, but leaning into a lot of classic / folk rock like Jim Croce and Creedence Clearwater.

“I have been told that my work is unresolved and unfinished. To that I say, thank you. It’s your job to resolve it, not mine. My work is never meant to be “perfect” or “done”, and neither am I.”

Amy Stone is an artist on the acknowledged traditional land of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People past and present. She was born and raised in the suburbs of New York City. She has a BA in Fine Arts and Comparative Literature from the University of Colorado, and an MA in Art Education from Hofstra University. For many years she worked purely with chalk pastel, but since 2016 she has shifted her medium to painting in acrylic and various mixed media. Focusing on abstract expressionism and the abstracted female form, her work has been exhibited throughout the U.S., has been recognized and collected nationally and internationally.

Follow her journey on IG: @amystoneart