Upon visiting Creative Coworking, people are often struck by our impressive collection of local art. Surrealist dreamscapes, whimsical collages, hyper-realistic portraits, and more have all found a temporary home here, making our office space a key player in the Evanston art scene. In this blog feature, we highlight artists whose work is currently on display. Today’s featured artist is Amy O. Woodbury.

What sparked your initial interest in creating art?

I was a choreographer before I was a visual artist, so the answer is movement, the kinesthetic shifting of texture.

How would you describe your style?

All over the map, with color, texture and movement being my guides.

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Palomino

Who are your influences?

Although I was in her class for only two years, I would have to say my teacher Florence Singer. In terms of my portraiture work, it would be the heavy hitters – Matisse, Picasso, Van Gogh.

What are your opinions on the Evanston/Chicago art community? How do you see your work in relation to this community?

Evanston and Chicago are thriving visual art towns: so many people are making art as well as buying it. I feel an integral part of this scene.

Is there a particular piece of yours that is currently on display that you feel really represents your style/means something personal to you?

“Crust”, an early landscape/horizon piece.

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Crust

Do you have any upcoming exhibitions/plans/projects?

I’m in Southern Utah at the moment. And that’s a project because the landscape is such a treasure trove. Wonderfully weird stuff has come from this place, including “Spinning All About Were Tales,” which is also in the show.

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Spinning All About Were Tales

How did you discover Creative Coworking as a venue for displaying your work?

Through various online announcements. And Angela is a neighbor; I met her at my annual front yard art sale several years ago.

Are there particular motifs/themes/symbols that you are fond of using in your work?

Crescent moons, my mother’s profile, animals, vistas.

How do you see your art evolving in the next few years?

That’s a good question.