Amaranth Ehrenhalt

"All is organized thanks to color that multiplies the spectrum in intense, unexpected harmonies, whose strongest accents are matched by a rare sensibility." -Laure Meyer

Artist Statement

Some are born with a silver spoon in their mouth;
I arrived with a paint brush in my hand and have painted steadily since the age of four. My work is abstract expressionist. "Unexpected" and "radiating energy" are often used to describe my art. I try to create that which does not sleep, but rather looks like it is constantly in motion: dancing, vibrating, gyrating, shimmering, stretching, jumping. My paintings often follow in series. There is a persistent idea that keeps me frustrated until I paint it. Then the theme begins to change and suggests to me new concepts for another series. In so much as they fulfill my expectations, my painting attempts to stimulate the viewer: to excite, to relax, to entice, to seduce, to pleasure. Like a favorite piece of music, art should enrich one’s life.

I think that I can teach anyone how to paint or draw, even if I do not speak the same language, although I am fluent in several. But, I can not teach anyone how to be an artist. I think one is born that way, just like Maria Callas was born with a magnificent voice, or one is born with green eyes or red hair. Then it takes WORK and YEARS to develop the talent.

Joan Mitchell once asked me, in Paris, why I want to paint. I do not know if i "want to paint" or do not "want to paint". It is just something that I do- like breathing and moving, walking and talking. I can not imagine my life without it. The first thing I do in the morning, is look at the painting I am currently working on. The last thing I do in the evening is look at the identical painting. I like to live and work in the same place so that I have immediate access to my work.

People often ask me how long it took to do a painting? Should I include the time when I wake up at 4 am with an idea for a new series? It is not like a 9 to 5 job which I can turn off when I leave the work site. The ideas are constantly imposing themselves upon my brain. Where do they come from? Millions of words will not be able to tell us. I consider it a gift for which I am forever thankful.

Amaranth Roslyn Ehrenhalt
08/2008