Amy Polling, born in San Francisco, California, out of a Dutch traditional artistic/business family also has French blood running through her veins! She has lived in various countries around the world and considers herself a “European citizen with an American Topping”.
She gets her inspiration from her own life experiences and through her early travels around the world, where she came in contact with people from all sorts of backgrounds & cultures; the Bedouin, Clochards & Royalty.Amy feels especially drawn to people with a tremendous Passion for Life and who possess a charismatic enlightenment. In her paintings there is a strong influence of her theatrical background, a sense of drama, poetry and music. She paints masculine with passion and feminine with sensuality, serenity and mystique.
After her 5 year’s studies at the Royal Art Academy in The Hague, The Netherlands, Amy ‘eloped’ to Paris to start a career as a Fashion Designer for Sonia Rykiel. Also, she has worked as a Theatrical Costume Designer in major Musical and Opera Productions for a number of years. Her creative abilities in theatre always took her to many different countries.
Although Amy has been painting all her life, it is since 2006 that she followed her heart and changed a successful career, for that of a Professional Fine Artist, with a unique and recognizable style and oeuvre. “My paintings are my Identity; the woman who is looking for self-awareness, who is touched by life’s experiences and has become aware of all her endless possibilities and her authentic freedom. My works are short expressive stories, which carry the message of love, hope, pain, passion and dreams. Amy says, “I believe that Art can overcome borders & build bridges, reach beyond horizons; bring all cultures back together in peace and harmony and reach out to the hearts of all people.” she adds.
Amy has exhibited her work in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Monaco, Dubai and the US.