This year I attended RuPaul’s DragCon NYC for the first time, and it was an experience, one I will remember.Â Even though I had a general idea of what to expect, I was pleasantly surprised to see a lot of independent artists exhibiting their work.
From drag queens to outstanding vendors it was a lot to take in, but I enjoyed every moment of it. What I enjoyed most was having the opportunity to speak with a handful of talented artists.
I spent a large amount of time checking out various vendors exploring for a fiery find. I am thrilled to say, I found some!Â As I was browsing and chatting with vendors, Amy Turner Studios’ artwork stood out to me, and I loved everything on display.
I caught up with Amy a couple of days ago for a rapid-fire interview to learn more about her and her artwork.
How did you start making art?/Why do you make art?
I started making art with my father when I around 3 years old. He was a dentist by profession but an amazing artist who was always creating and I just watched and learned from him. I was always allowed to try anything my mind came up with and that was such a gift. I make art because it is my way of observing the world and putting my spin/touch on it. Art is so important for our lives. To view it, to discuss it, to make us feel things and connect with each other.
What is your creative process like?
I have no rules and that is my favorite thing. If I see a photograph or image I like, I will try to make it into a piece of art. That could be an illustration or a huge painting or found materials from a yard sale. I let my mind be open to possibilities and that allows me to start from a fully creative space.
What inspires you? What inspired this piece/idea?
Things that are a little out of the ordinary inspire me. Also, things or images that seem mundane or commonplace, I love to take it to a new level and celebrate it. I was looking thru photos of Muscle Beach in Venice in the 70’s, and just vintage bodybuilding images in general, and became obsessed with the poses and the hair/mustaches and went from there. I have had so much fun creating pop art illustrations from these initial concepts.
Is there an element of art you enjoy working with most? Why?
I enjoy the element of the “try” the most. I literally don’t limit myself with my ideas or even my mediums. That said, not everything works but that is ok too! That is the only way to truly find out what feels right or not. I have a special thrill of finding unique or odd materials at yard/estate sales. I don’t know what I will find so I let what is there dictate what I buy and then it’s the fun creative process making something from that.
Is there an artwork here you are most proud of? Why?
I am most proud of these Muscle Boys. They just have so much personality and design/color elements and they are playful, in a way. Also, all kinds of people respond to them. Gay, straight, men, women. That’s particularly awesome.
What is your current price range?
My prints run $30 and I have original paintings from $250-2400. I also do commission pieces. Everything is available on my website:Â CLICK HERE