Amy Rie Mcquire [Amy Rie Sewell] was born and raised in Litchfield, Connecticut. She was encourage by her highly creative parents to use her talents from a young age, so it was only natural that she develop her skills. Her first memory and experiences with painting and drawing is of going on outdoor painting excursions with her mom, making wooden projects with her dad, and him allowing her to stay home form school so that she could paint.
After having exceptional art instructors in elementary, junior high and high school, winning awards for drawing in state competitions and being chosen to participate in the Center For Creative Youth at Wesleyan University , Amy wen ton the Parsons School of Design in NYC, where she studied illustration and textile design. From Parsons Amy took a turn south and lived in the Caribbean for a time where she met her husband. She then went on to create and raise her family with him in the Catskill mountains. Throughout those years Amy continued to paint. She continued her studies with painting classes at The Woodstock School of Art in Woodstock, NY, botanical illustration at The Institute of Ecosystems in Millbrook, NY and SUNY Ulster in botanical illustration at The institute of Technology in NYC. Amy has participated in many solo and group exhibitions over the years and is a member of the Barret Art Center, Woodstock Artists Association Museum, American Crafts Counsel, and the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators. She is published in Woodstock Guide, Art and Food by The Washington Art Association, Washington Depot, CT, and her new book the Ashokan Reservoir: An Ephemeral Glimpse. Her paintings are in many private collections.
The Ashokan Reservoir-An Ephemeral Glimpse
Ever-changing light and atmosphere make the Ashokan Reservoir an amazing subject to study in paint. As quickly as a spectacular scene appears and I race to set up easel and paint, it can change into something totally different; alas gone from view except in my mind’s eye. These painting are the expression of my appreciate of this view and my awe of the beauty of the natural world: the light at all times of day, weather and atmospheric effects, seasonal change in color and foliage, and the complexity of the character this one view can hold. Every moment brings a fresh view, an ephemeral glimpse.