Hello Beautiful People!
I'm really excited to be joining @phoebeganderart #aprilforartists this month. I've been doing lots of painting but not so much social media so this is a great motivation to get things going again!
First day is Artist Introduction: My name is Amy Jobes and I live with my lovely husband and two gorgeous kids in beautiful North Devon.
Here's a picture of me with two of my pieces. I work on a range of scales from mega statement pieces (up to 120cm wide), to dinky framed miniatures.
Drawing and painting has always been one of my first loves. I started painting when I was two and never stopped! I took my first commission when I was 15 and have sold my artwork ever since. But it wasn't until we moved to North Devon in 2013 that I set it up as a proper business.
I'm first and foremost a Mama to my little ones, and feel really lucky to have been able to spend so much time with them while they were small.
The littlest starts pre-school in September, so not long before I get more time to work and I'll be able to start ramping all the arty things up!
I addition to painting, I absolutely love nature, wildlife and being outdoors. I'm an eco advocate and am looking forward to the day when we humans spend more time and effort restoring the natural world than destroying it. That day is not far away!!
Yoga, running, singing, gardening, good food, nature walks with my family, horses, cats and the occasional surf are also things that make my heart sing.
I've also recently found myself on a bit of a spiritual journey in response to the pain I've felt from all the environmental destruction. What I am learning is seriously awesome and is changing my entire perspective of the world!
I'm starting to incorporate my spiritual findings into the descriptions of my paintings. But this is nothing new. I've always felt like my best pieces aren't really painted by me anyway. When I'm really inspired and 'in the zone', they kinda just flow out of me, or through me. I'm not sure, but creating art has always been a form of active meditation for me and if I don't do it I go stir crazy!
I aim to post on my Instagram account @amyjobesart every day in April to compete the challenge! That is A LOT compared to my recent activity, so wish me luck and I hope you join me on the journey!
Amy Jobes, North Devon artist with a passion for the environment
"If you truely love nature, you will find beauty everywhere" - Van Gogh