|Born and raised in the Washington, DC area, Paula Amt studied studio arts with an emphasis on painting and art history in Virginia and in Paris, France.
Paula’s paintings reflect her fascination with contrast and iconic images. She depicts objects in silhouette, dark against light, creating icons of things that might otherwise go unnoticed. The first group of silhouette paintings was of blackbirds. Then the paintings showed the ubiquitous water tanks perched on buildings in New York. This current group of paintings is mostly inspired by the steel mills in Bethlehem, PA and its products. The distinctive shape of the factory or bridge looming large and strong and heavy against a pale sky.
Heavy equipment and steel structures inspire me. There’s something about the strength of design and/or repetition of forms that make me want to capture and interpret them in my paintings. Simple silhouettes of iconic objects appeal to me.
Paula has exhibited work in DC at Studio Gallery, Rivaga Art, Touchstone Gallery and other spaces in Maryland and Virginia. Her paintings are in private collections in the U.S. and in Europe.