/ ARTIST STATEMENT
"For me, creating works of art is an enjoyable, challenging and thoughtful process that takes me on a personal journey. It is exciting to explore a variety of techniques, materials and subject matter. Creating a visual record of my travels evokes not only my own memories, but also, I hope, a unique viewing experience for you. I strive to create authentic pieces and to never disembark from my voyage of discovery. My wish is that my work inspires you to connect with your own memories and take your own journeys."
/ ABOUT INGRID
For Ingrid Amols, art isn’t just a reflection of life. It is life. It’s alive and it’s everywhere. In the vibrant detail of a sidewalk café. In the serenity of misty daybreak on a beach. In the spaces where beauty and adventure lie in wait, not apparent at first glance. Ingrid finds these moments, gives them clarity and light, and invites us all to experience them, too.
Immersed in art early in life, Ingrid enrolled in the Munson Williams Procter Institute in Utica, NY, where she studied clay, weaving, drawing and painting. She earned a B.A. in Art History from the State University of New York at Purchase, NY, and received an M.A. in Illustration from Syracuse University, in Syracuse, NY. Ingrid also interned at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York, NY, and at the Bruce Museum, in Greenwich, CT.
Today, Ingrid continues her artistic journey painting and teaching in Charlotte, NC, where she lives with her husband, John, their golden retriever, Pilgrim, and their three “good/bad” cats. Ingrid has taught art through The Gifted and Talented Program at Queens University, Charlotte Country Day School and the Braitman Studio. She also worked extensively with her homeless friends through Charlotte’s Urban Ministry Center. With a love of things simple, peaceful and authentic, Ingrid creates original works layered over paper and canvas. The inspiration is Nantucket, Paris, New York and other beloved locales. The result is colorful, whimsical, unexpected and quintessentially Ingrid.
“We have loved and appreciated your friendship through the years. Your artwork, which is the best reflection of you, has brought lots of happy colors and life to the walls of our salon. Thank you for being you.”
“Thank you for sharing your talent so that we might always enjoy it. Brava and thank you!”
“I just love my collage – looking forward to having you over to help hang it! Many thanks for sharing yourself and your art with me.”
“Thank you for your generosity in sharing your collages. The intricate and textured art is even more beautiful to us, knowing the kindness and warmth in which they were given.”
“You are a magical spirit, a maker of fine art. You have a generous, kind heart, yet you are a woman of strong convictions. It has been a joy to share this experience with you as a student in your art class. Thank you for your wisdom, as well as the many fits of laughter you’ve given to me and the rest of the class throughout this journey.”
“Just a short note to tell you that Wally gave me one of your mixed media collages for my birthday, so you’re now living with us, of sorts!”
“We have known Ingrid for almost 20 years and have great appreciation of the dedication and total commitment she gives to her art. We have many of her paintings in our home, and we wish we had more. They bring us great joy, happiness and inspiration on a daily basis. Thank you, Ingrid!”
“When Ingrid began offering art classes at the Urban Ministry Center, we gained a compassionate friend who clearly loved sharing her talents as an artist and teacher. She looked at a bleak, gray, mold-and-mildew-covered 200-foot long wall outside the center and found something to inspire us all. More than 60 of our neighbors engaged in a five-month project that transformed that old wall into a dazzling work of art. What Ingrid saw in that project the participants also began to see in themselves – the talent within, the freedom that comes with self-expression, and the sense of community in working together.”
/ NOTES FROM COLLEAGES AT THE INNOVATION INSTITUTE AT THE McCOLL CENTER OF ART AND INNOVATION
“At the heart of your art is a bold spirit waiting to be unleashed. May your reflections of the Innovation journey and our continued friendship serve as a catalyst to excite your artistic talents in and out of your studio.”
“WOW! You are so very talented. I pray you continue to make the time to be immersed in your passion. The art world is better because you are in it.”
“I’ve seen you push artistic boundaries and create beautiful work. It’s been freeing for me to see you give yourself permission to put your art ahead of “perfect” housekeeping. There are many wonderful boundary-less paintings ahead for you!”
“I have to say I have been in awe every week of your ability to take an assignment in a short time and turn it into something beautiful, with such enthusiasm and positive energy. Continue to spread that positive attitude with everyone who crosses your path!”
“When I think of you and your spirit, I see a beautiful garden of flowers. Each flower alone is colorful and unique and could stand alone, but when it is combined with a collection of plants and flowers, it reveals a full masterpiece.”
/ MEDIA & NEWS LINKS
“Painting with Purpose”
“A New Location for the Art Studio”
“Mural draws upon creativity of homeless”
“Art for Heart‘s Sake”
Red Sky Gallery