Amy Surman

Oil Paint

168 Warren Street
Newton MA 02459

Artist Contact Info:
(617) 828-7644
I am a designer and oil painter. As an oil painter, my goal is to preserve moments that have captured my attention. Presently, I am enjoying the beauty in nature and it is all around us. The scene I select to paint has something I find special. Before I start painting, I need to figure out what about it makes it special visually and then I can keep that importance in mind.

Always wanting to be an artist, I worked in several different mediums before resting on oil paint. As a teenager, I studied in France for a summer and was entranced with Claude Monet’s Waterlilies at L’Orangerie in Paris. The masterful use of the pigment in his paintings moved me. My studies in art continued through my career as a graphic designer/art director while working in ad agencies and various corporations developing branding and advertising. My oil painting teachers included: Kat O’Connor, Mary Minifie, Leo Mancini-Hresko, Marc Dalessio and David Curtis. Working with such talented artists motivated me to attend the Academy of Realist Art in Boston full time. The school offers a curriculum modeled after 19th century French academies that demands refinement of draftsmanship and painting skills.

Presently, my paintings are in homes in the area and have been shown in galleries in the Boston area including The Copley Society of Art and The Guild of Boston. I gain much from my proud associations with the Dedham Art Association, the Newton Art Association and The Copley Society of Art.

My husband and I live in Newton, Massachusetts. We are fortunate to be able to spend summers and autumns on beautiful Squam Lake in New Hampshire where I am inspired.
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