WAS Artist of the Week…

Amy Zrike: Photographer, Scottsdale, Arizona

Artist Statement:  As a native Arizonian, Amy’s vision has always been greatly influenced by the people and places of the Arizona desert.  Her current fascination with cactus-up-close, stems from the idea of facing the enemy, so to speak!  Having been poked, pricked, stabbed and stung by so many species of these mysteriously beautiful plants, it was time to capture them on film.

Amy considers herself an Arizona desert rat, which she describes as a person native to the deserts of Arizona who has a deep affinity with its native characteristics of arid heat and endless skies.  Regardless how hard a desert rat tries to leave the desert, he/she will always come back.  Amy currently lives in the Rio Verde Area of Scottsdale, Arizona.

Amy has practiced photography for about 20 years.  She studied documentary filmmaking and photography in San Francisco at the San Francisco State University and the Academy of Art College.   All of Amy’s work is centered around and begins with a photograph.  “When I was growing up, my father, Aldo, regularly created and displayed many slide shows to our family.   He loved photography and all those shows definitely had an influence on me,” says Amy.  As a little girl, Amy was also fascinated by large photography books her family collected, especially ones documenting past wars.  “As a little girl I would sit on the floor and stare at images for hours.”  Most of Amy’s influences come from documentary photographers, but she says she has been influenced most by Diane Arbus and Mary Ellen Mark.

For more of Amy’s work visit Romaninstudios.com

* All images used with permission from artist. Please do not distribute without first contacting the artist or Wall Art Studios.

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