Hello, my name is Amie Antoniak and I am a professional artist living and working in Reigate Surrey.
You can find my art for sale at the Reigate Pop Up Shop, 1B Church Street, Reigate. Or you can contact me directly for more information on any of the artwork you see here, or if you would like to commission a painting.
I live with my husband Ross, 2 children Anya and Alex and our very energetic dog Poppy, right on the border of Redhill and Reigate, opposite the very beautiful Earslwood Common and very close to lots of other stunning areas of Surrey countryside too. I am surrounded by the perfect inspirations to many of my paintings.
I graduated from art college in Cardiff in 2003, with a BA Hons in Fine Art. I then moved to York, where I opened my own art gallery ‘Artfulness’. As you can imagine this was an amazing experience and for 5 years, I successfully sold many of my own paintings through Artfulness as well as having the privilege of supporting lots of other local artists. We moved to Surrey in 2012 and whilst my children were very little my art practice did take a bit of a back seat. Over the years I have slowly gone back to it and in January 2019 the opportunity arose to rent a space in the then newly opened Reigate Pop Up Shop (now a permanent shop). It is wonderful to be a part of this amazing local business and to once again exhibit and sell alongside other local artists and photographers. The shop is an eclectic mix of gorgeous things and is well worth a visit if you get the chance.
My paintings tend to be colourful and bold and sometimes incorporate a textured surface. They mainly depict meadows of wildflowers, forests, lakes, trees and woodlands. I use my own photographs as a starting point for inspiration but usually abandon the photo to make the painting work in its own right. I tend to paint with the changing of the seasons and particularly relish the variety that spring offers and the rich warm colours of autumn. I like using lots of contrast within my paintings to give a certain depth or drama. The paintings are created in my home studio.
Alongside my own art practice I also teach art and currently work at the Inner Art Studio on Somerset Road in Reigate. Inner art provides tuition for all ages, either as one-to -one sessions or in small groups, workshops or art clubs. I also run my own art clubs there called Artfulness Art Clubs, for children. So, if you or your children would like have art lessons from a professional artist, please do get in touch.