Amrita Dutia is a pen and ink artist with a BFA in Fiber Arts from the University of Oregon. She specializes in creating unique, abstract, patterned work. A resident of Eugene, Oregon, Amrita lives with her husband and two pets, a 45 pound tortoise and a cat.
Who are your design influences and inspirations?
I’ve always enjoyed the art of Georgia O’Keeffe. Her use of bold colors and organic, curvilinear forms in the form of magnified flowers appealed to me. I was privileged to see the works of Gustav Klimt on one of my trips to Vienna and fell in love with his gold leaf work and his use of patterns and shapes. My travels in Asia and the Middle East have brought me close to Oriental and Islamic Art. My design influences have also been inspired by patterns from nature to tribal arts, and architecture to digital works. I enjoy art of the great masters as well as of contemporary artists. Being exposed to beautiful artwork or a pattern that I see anywhere challenges and inspires me in my art.
What types of materials do you work with?
Since I work exclusively by hand, I use a lot of pens, pencils, colored paper, printed paper, paints, textiles and dyes. I am most comfortable with them as it gives me control over the process. Sometimes I also take a leaf from Nature to create my patterns, or the concept of sun dying is also used occasionally in my hand dyed papers.
How long does it take you to complete an art piece?
This is the question I get asked the most. It’s hard to say really but it all depends on the size of my artwork and how much detail I put into it. Some simple illustrations take a few days, other more labor intensive works take a few weeks.
Can I commission you to create original artwork?
I am always open to special requests, so please feel free to shoot me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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