Amy Werntz

Artist Statement

"My goal is to give importance to the ordinary moments in everyday life. Time has always been an obsession for me, whether that meant a fear of the passing of time or a feeling of not living in the correct time. Earlier works were drawn more from the latter — I created pieces from found black and white photos, translating them into bolder, more graphic paintings. Over time it grew into a strong desire to bring back-to-life forgotten moments from the past. In my current work, I aim to capture seemingly insignificant moments in people’s normal lives, removing the environment so as not to influence the viewer’s interaction with the subject. My hope is for people to look at the paintings and see something of themselves, a loved one, or just what they need to see. I feel each subject’s true story is not what is most important; it is the story the viewer creates through his/her own personal history. I would like for viewers to walk away feeling they have interacted with the person in the painting and brought their own experiences to that interaction. Through their postures, expressions, and the uniqueness of every line, I strive to show the importance and value of this generation so often overlooked in our society by the lure of youth. When you are young you live with the face you are given; when you are old you live with the face you have made."


Amy Werntz is a self-taught artist based in Dallas, TX. Growing up in an artistic family, art and creativity were always encouraged. Amy received her BFA in Interior Design in 2002, creating art in her free time. In 2010 she made the decision to pursue her art on a more full-time basis. In her work she focuses on ordinary moments in the lives of the people around her. She has exhibited her work throughout the U.S. and has been an award recipient, and or finalist, in many competitions including the Portrait Society of Americas International Portrait Competition, The Bennett Prize 2.0, and the 15th International ARC Salon. Her paintings have been featured in publications such as Artists Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, and International Artists Magazine and she has received Signature Status with the Portrait Society of America. She is represented by Valley House Gallery in Dallas, TX.

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Blue Scarf II

Oil on ACM, 16" x 12"

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Lunch, 2021

Oil on Panel, 26" x 20" in frame