Q: What is your name and where are you based?
Ans: Anna-Maria Amato SE London
Q: What is your practice?
Ans: Fine Artist/Painter
Q: What is your USP?
Ans: I paint dancers in action with spirit. I suffered a break down in my late teens, before, I felt, I had found what kind of adult I wanted to be. I felt lost, and the sense of achievement art had given me, gave me some kind of purpose in my life. I realised I decide how I feel and that is what I can paint. I wish one canvas to take my audience through positive emotions which they can hold onto.
Q: Tells us a secret that nobody knows about your life!
Ans: I wish I could dance well and I have been practising.
Q: Has Covid 19 challenged your creativity?
Ans: It has increased the confidence in my resilience which has left me feeling better prepared for future hurdles.
Q: What are your most significant achievements?
Ans: I curate a gallery founded in a social inclusion project, engaging members of the local community and beyond, in art and culture.
Q: Whom will your clients be and what will they get from you?
Ans: People who feel that they are lacking inspiration but are seeking it.
Q: Do you have any fascinating or unusual clients or a funny story to tell?
Ans: I was selling on a stall in my local library when the major of the borough came and looked at my fairy nudes and asked ‘is this inspired my the area?’
Q: If you were starting a career as an artist today, what would you do differently?
Ans: Structure an artwork part of my day around creating.
Q: What has been your most significant challenge in times of Covid 19, and how did you overcome it?
Ans: Lack of face to face contact with people left me seeking ways to feel connected by engaging online and solidifying friendships via other forms of communication.
Q: What are your plans for the future? What new projects do you have in the pipeline?
Ans: I plan to morph my current style with techniques used by the old masters to create an exciting blend of classical passion and modern excitement.
Q: What would you like to be known for?
Ans: Inspiring people to engage with and enjoy creativity.
Q: How do you know Laura?
Ans: I had a mentoring session with her.
Q: How did you hear about Laura I. Gallery?
Ans: Through various online avenues.
Q: What do you think of our Mentoring programs or of the newest initiative for artists, The Society of Gold Minds?
Ans: The mentoring dispelled the sense that I was painting for myself and that I have a story to tell which can bring me closer to people.
Q: Do you think it is important to have someone that has your back?
Ans: Yes. Supportive words have such power and the need to cultivate confidence is a game changer.
Q: Do you think it is important to receive constant support? Why?
Ans: It is helpful to know that there is someone to bounce ideas off and seek out specific pieces of knowledge when questions arise.
Q: Do you think it is important to be surrounded by a community of artists?
Ans: I believe it is said ‘you are who you spend your time with’ because your influences and inspiration are important in developing yourself and your work.
Q: Would you recommend our mentoring programs?
Q: Has Laura I. Gallery inspired you or helped you in any way? How?
Ans: It has given me direction I was searching for and Laura’s story in itself was inspiring and motivating for me.
Q: Would you recommend Laura I. Art Gallery?
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