Artist's Story: Amaryllis Truth
Today, we've got a real treat for you. We're talking to artist Allie Snyder Datillo who has a lot to say about creativity, her love for accounting (?!), and where she finds inspiration. Meet Allie.
Name: Allie Snyder Dattilio
Art Medium: Oil paint, watercolor
Favorite studio tool/supply: Gold Leaf! I've been incorporating gold leaf into my most recent paintings, and totally love the light and life it gives to a piece.
Artists you love: My ultimate artist crush is Gerhard Richter. I first discovered his "photo-paintings" when I was in college and exploring the relationship between memory and photographs. In more contemporary terms, I'm a huge fan of Michelle Armas, Emily Jeffords, and Erin Gregory. I admire them for their art as much as the incredible careers they have built.
Sources of inspiration: I tend to be a pretty anxious person. Painting is an outlet where I seek calm and control. My consistent theme of quietness and grays stems from this desire for calmness. The landscape around me and memories of my past is a constant source of inspiration.
Favorite time to paint: Early in the morning. I've never considered myself a morning person, but there is just something about the morning light in my studio and a warm cup of coffee.
Most unexpected quality: If I wasn't an artist, I probably would be an accountant. Seriously, I love that stuff. I minored in math in college, and loved the dichotomy of my course load -- the balance between the abstract and the concrete. There's something cathartic in the black/white/1+1=2 world of math and numbers, in contrast to the abstract, arbitrary world of art.
"If I wasn't an artist, I probably would be an accountant.
Seriously, I love that stuff."
What does your average day look like? Everyday seems to be a bit different, but my favorite days look like this --
It begins with coffee and a croissant from my favorite coffeeshop on the way to the studio.
I try to tackle e-mails first thing in the morning to get them out of the way. Once those are finished, I tap into whatever Spotify station is feeling my vibe -- these days it's been a lot of Adele and Beyonce. Depending on the day I'm either working on #GoldLeafLandscapes or commission projects, or both. I try to snap a pic or two for Instagram, and then wrap up the afternoon by preparing and shipping any pieces that need to go out. My FedEx lady loves me ;) I try to be home by 4:30 to have time to squeeze in a run (I've suddenly become a runner -- weird, I know ;) and then begin dinner. The rest of the night is usually spent with my Love either vegging out on the sofa, or tackling a house project.
"I tap into whatever Spotify station is feeling my vibe -- these days it's been a lot of Adele and Beyonce."
What would you say to someone who is convinced they lack creativity or artistic ability?
The best piece of advice I've received was from one of my favorite (and most challenging) professors in school... she said to just make. Make something, always. The more you create, the more you find yourself as an artist. I try to remember this whenever I'm a hitting a wall. Not every piece may end as a success, but sometimes you just have to get those crap pieces out of the way to get closer to a major discovery. For those just starting out, still, just make. Just try to open yourself up to the scary, open-ended world of art and I have a pretty good feeling you'll surprise yourself and discover more talent than you think.
"Just try to open yourself up to the scary, open-ended world of art and I have a pretty good feeling you'll surprise yourself and discover more talent than you think."
How would you describe your creative process/how do you go about making art?
I have hundreds of images on my phone that I capture as I'm driving down the road, or enjoying a moment along the river. I'm often drawn to the colors first. I'll start by mixing all the colors I want to use for a piece, and then the composition evolves from there.
What is the hardest part about being a creative entrepreneur? Definitely the many hats you wear. It's also what I love so much about my job, I really do enjoy the spreadsheets and taxes nearly as much as painting, but it can be exhausting and trying to have to do it all yourself and all-the-while maintain a never-ending stream of creativity and motivation.
What tips would you give someone looking to buy art? Don't overthink it, just go with your gut. Find a piece that means something to you, and you'll never go wrong.
A beautiful artist and a wise woman! Head over here to check out more of Allie's dreamy landscapes.