April-May Featured Artist: Amy DiGi
April 1st – May 31st, 2019
Guggenheim Gallery, Carey Institute for Global Good
63 Huyck Rd., Rensselaerville, NY 12147
While spending time in the Catskills, Amy DiGi discovers beautiful scenes which are timelessly captured on canvas. Working “en plein air” allows her to physically paint in her surroundings using her senses to collect information. This data becomes the inspiration for each painting.
“En plein air” painting fosters unique experiences. Sometimes there are exchanges with people driving past as she paints on the side of the road or with people attending an event like the hot air balloons festival in Cairo and sometimes she is painting in a pasture keeping company with little critters like birds and squirrels. Since each day is unique, there is no formula for her work; only a constant search to translate each experience into art and life.
Amy DiGi has led and continues to lead an eclectic life. One major thread though out all the years is her commitment to painting.
In her twenties she earned a BFA from Pratt Institute. She backpacked though Europe and saw America coast to coast on road trips. She was a NYC public high school teacher, left for Peace Corps, Philippines and returned to the states as a middle school art teacher in Portland, Oregon.
During her thirties she returned to New York completed her MFA at Lehman College and transferred credits from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Her paintings were greatly influenced by Joseph Peller and Mary Beth McKenzie at the Art Students League. She spent countless hours on the Hudson River in her art studio, a cabin onboard a decommissioned lighthouse tender. She painted at the Sandy Hook Pilots’ base, became a United States Coast Guard artist and Arts in Embassies artist.
Now in her forties everything is about her family and art. Splitting her time in the Catskills and Westchester County studios. Her recent work includes a series of self portraits while pregnant, plein air paintings and now a Catskills exhibition. She continues to teach as an Instructor for the Art Students League in their Seeds program and at Temple Emmanuel, NYC. Two of her paintings are included in the United States Coast Guard permanent collection and will be on display this June at the Salmagundi Club, NYC.
Amy DiGi received her BFA from Pratt Institute, her MFA from Lehman College/University of Alaska Fairbanks and also studied at The Art Students League of New York. She is an Arts in Embassies artist and United States Coast Guard artist. Her paintings have been exhibited Nationally and Internationally.