Both fragile and seemingly eternal

Featured Artist Amy E. Arntson

Fall Wind 35” x 30” transparent watercolor
Amy Arntson is an Emeritus Professor of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Amy earned a BFA in painting from Michigan State University, and an MFA from UW-Milwaukee. Her lectures and presentations span the globe. She has exhibited internationally in the Florence Bienniale as well as locations in China and England, and she is an author of widely adopted college level art and design textbooks. Her paintings of water surfaces include the Great Lakes region, as well as national and international locations.

Artist Statement
My paintings are about spirit, as much as they are about a body of water. Growing up in the Great Lakes region, water has always been a powerful symbol for me. It is intimately connected with the passage of time, with stability and change: both fragile and seemingly eternal. Most of my current paintings do not reference the surrounding land, instead, they focus on abstract design qualities of light, texture, shape and movement of water. Without a horizon line, viewers are encouraged to meditate on the water, projecting themselves into the painting. While the artist begins the painting, each viewer completes it, with memories and personal associations.
Influences on my work range from wash drawings of the 17th century illuminists, who addressed the relationship between landscape and the expression of feeling, to an array of 20th century non-figurative artwork. Abstract color, shape and texture are an underpinning to all my realistic paintings, as are a sense of place and time. As an artist, author, and educator my commitment to painting is enriched by a respect for art and design history, and for the region where I live. The work is created from my sketches and photographs of particular locations in the Great Lakes and other areas. I’ve examined a wide variety of media and concepts, but line and wash and watercolor are consistently the most beautiful to my eye.

2010 Events
• Peninsula School of Art (Fish Creek, WI)
July 8 – 10 Watercolor Workshop for Advanced Beginners -
• School of the Arts at Rhinelander
July 25-30 Watercolor Workshop, Intermediate to Advanced
• Racine Art Museum
September, Watercolor Workshop, Intermediate to Advanced -
Planning Stages: Ireland Watercolor Workshop, all levels summer 2011

Recent Exhibitions include:
Watercolor Wisconsin 2009 Wustum Museum, Racine, WI (award winner)
State of the Art 2009 National Biennial Watercolor Invitational, Champaign, IL
Solo Show, 2009 Wilson Art Center, Brookfield, WI The Visual Dance
Solo Show, 2008 Wisconsin Academy/Overture Center, Madison, WI The Things We Know

Current and Upcoming 2010 exhibitions:
Forward: A Survey of Wisconsin Art Now, Charles Allis Museum, Milwaukee until May19
Whitewater Cultural Arts Center (Arts Alliances of Jefferson County) June 4 -27
Intuitions Featured Artist, Water Street Gallery, Douglas, MI (near Holland, MI) Oct 9 - Nov 3

Contact Amy at, see her work online at and
Represented by:
Peltz Gallery in Milwaukee, WI
Water Street Gallery in Douglas, MI.

Fall Wind 35” x 30” transparent watercolor Gulf Storm 30” x 22.5” transparent watercolor Under Tom’s Pier 44” x 64”, transparent watercolor
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