Raised in Texas, the third of four children, I attended The University of Texas at Austin. In 2001, I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art. Like many new grads with an art degree, I realized I didn’t want to be a “starving artist,” and so I promptly got a “respectable” 9-5 job, suffering silently under those office fluorescent lights for years. During this time, I ignored all my inner promptings and persistent nudges to create art…that is, until 2006. 2006 is the year I committed to making art a priority and painting everyday. I made a plan and started creating a new body of work. I supported this endeavor during the next few years with part time and temp work, furthering my resolve to earn my living as an artist.
Today, I am the owner and artist behind Amy Komar Original Art, a family run business I share with my husband, Matt, and our two-year old daughter, Lola. Matt and I have a passion for collecting castaway vintage items and forgotten rust pieces: “Made in USA” tools, skeleton keys, kitchen ware, small antique curiosities like oil cans, farming implements, and railroad spikes. We seek them out not only on planned road trips across the U.S., but also on weekend “scavenger” hunts into the cluttered corners of junk shops and at the tables of local garage sales.
We also gather natural objects such as stone and wood from anywhere, especially Alaska’s boreal forest, and its rivers and vast coastal areas. Regardless of where we find each object, this process is a continual adventure of connecting with people and objects, preserving their story and our own. Together, we re-image these natural objects and bits of forgotten history into art. Through the color patterns and painted acrylic beadwork of my geometric designs, I endeavor to create a visual harmony between the finished artwork and the found object—a harmony further enhanced by Matt’s framing with local birch and scavenged, weathered plywood.