Artiste du mois | Amy Roy

Congratulations to artist Amy Roy who was a finalist in The Artist’s Magazine’s 29th Annual Art Competition (enter your best work today!). Roy’s oil painting The Adoptive Parent caught our attention right away. Read on to learn more about her inspiration and techniques.

The Adoptive Parent (oil painting) by Amy Roy

The Adoptive Parent (oil on canvas, 24X30) by Amy Roy

I am a 1984 graduate of the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. Although my degree is in Interior Design, my real passion lies in painting with oils on canvas. Mrs. Phyllis Pierce, my high school art instructor, introduced me to this medium. When she saw my first painting, she exclaimed, “Amy, you paint like Claude Monet!” Her reaction was enough to inspire me. After I finished college, I took oil painting instruction from the former President of the Cincinnati Art Club, Mr. Joseph Peter.

Since I hold Northern Michigan and its entire pristine, natural beauty near to my heart, my portfolio features wildlife. The Adoptive Parent has won 3 prior awards; one in 2009 for the Cincinnati Art Club’s National Juried “Viewpoint”, a major award in 2010 at the Kentucky National Wildlife Exhibition, and ADC’s Art Comes Alive 2012 Nature Artist of the Year.

My purchase of a very fine digital camera enhanced my ability to take a detailed photograph of the Canada Geese family. The formation of the birds, the colors of the geese (which normally don’t emit much color) and the habitat of beautiful lily pads attracted me. To achieve richness and depth of color, the process takes many layers of paint and many hours (approximately 140 – 180). My palette is limited: alizarin crimson, prussian blue, burnt umber, viridian green, burnt sienna, cadmium red light, cadmium yellow medium, cadmium yellow light and titanium white. I mostly use Old Holland and occasionally Williamsburg oil paints for strong, rich pigment. My instructor, Mr. Peter, used to explain, “You only need 3 colors to paint: red, blue, and yellow. Remember the color wheel when you mix the primary colors!” Mixing is the trick. If I ever have the opportunity to teach, I would warn against using paint straight out of the tube. Strive for excellent color!

As you can tell, I love to depict details. As I watched the goslings, I got frustrated because they looked so different from one another. A question kept circling my brain as I was painting, “How could they be from the same brood since they are at two different stages of growth?” To my surprise, the answer and painting title came to me towards the finish of my work. As I researched geese, I discovered that they adopt.

Artistically, I did run into a problem. The mid-section to the tail end of the goose was the last portion to finesse. I was having trouble trying to render feathers. Finally, I overcame the obstacle by relying on a more impressionistic approach. A beauty of painting with oils occurs when one has put so much paint on the canvas that one can manipulate it to achieve one’s end. Another beautiful aspect of oil painting is that the medium is very forgiving.

Amy Roy, artist

Amy Roy, Artist of the Month

Visit Roy’s website at for a list of awards and upcoming shows, and also to see more of her oil wildlife paintings.

Artists of the Month are chosen from the list of finalists of The Artist Magazine’s Annual Art Competition. Enter your best work today for your chance to be featured in print and online.






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