“Pick of the Season”

by Amelia Dobson

© 2021 Amelia Dobson

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Describe your painting:

Purple girl with red strawberry, on teal background.

What inspired you?

I have few but fond memories of going strawberry picking in the summer. We would go to a farm just down the road from our house—it sells ice cream in June and pumpkins in October. I was very, very young when we would go picking, but I remember being dead set on finding the biggest strawberry in the field. I would take the already-picked ones out of our basket to compare sizes, just to be sure. I think the image of finding that one big special thing is something a lot of people can remember having as kids. Kids are entertained by such small and seemingly random things, and much of my art is inspired by finding beauty and meaning in small things like that. Its a trait I hope people nurture in themselves, no matter how old they become.

What is your background as an artist?

I’m a 19 year old self-taught artist. I kept being denied from art classes all throughout school, so I had to teach myself most things. Eventually I joined the art club in high school and became the president, through which I found a love for teaching. I’m a portraitist first and foremost, people are my biggest muse. I believe art is a way to show others how we view the world, its the most personal way of communicating. Through my art I like to express emotions, in hopes to show the viewer how I feel the world.

Do you have a connection to Garner or did you learn anything new about Garner as a result of your painting?

I live in Raleigh—right on the edge of it—born and raised. All of my schools, parks, and friends have always been in Garner. Garner is where I, myself used to go strawberry picking.

Additional Info from the Artist:

I’m open to both digital and traditional commissions.