Art has always been a part of life for Amy Tolk Richards. As a child in New Jersey, and later as a teenager in Nashville, Amy spent her free time drawing and painting. Extensive travel has enabled Amy to view and appreciate great master works of art throughout Europe, China, and the Middle-East, and yet the imagery she gravitates to over and over again is the simple beauty of the Tennessee landscape. Patured, rolling hills, and old wooden barns fill Amy’s miniature oil paintings: reminders of the lush greenery and tender landscape of her formative years. Amy currently lives in Provo. She and her artist husband are the parents of four children who love to draw and paint. They divide their time between their city home in Provo and their studio retreat in the small town of Redmond, Utah.
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“I control what I can control and then I try to manage what I can’t control,” says Utah County artist Amy Tolk Richards. Richards is speaking on both an artistic level and on a personal level: as a mother, spouse, and human being. Richards’ canvases are simple and reductive — slices of rural life filled with barns, cows and bales of hay — so it is surprising to be able to recognize in them a distinctive, signature style. Her compositions are filled with lush tonalities, atmospheric layers of mood, and an abundance of textural qualities. For someone who describes herself as a control freak, they can appear very loose. “Other people are relying on me,” she says about her life. “Art is freeing. It helps me let loose more.”
Read the full article in the August 2013 edition of 15 Bytes.