Amy Hook-Therrien is a Vermont watercolor artist originally from Chelsea. She now lives with her husband Alex Drew (also an artist) in Windsor, Vermont. Her work explores the beauty in the imperfect, the fragility of nature. A gnarled birch tree, a broken branch, a fallen leaf. Her true love is in painting birch trees. Amy’s work starts with a pen and ink sketch, drawing in fine details. She then goes in with layers over watercolor, building colors and texture. She is a tribal citizen of Koasek Traditional Band of the Koas Abenaki Nation. Amy graduated from the University of Maine, Orono with a BFA focusing in painting. She has been practicing watercolor for the past 10 years. She was recently featured in Image Magazine. You can find her work on her website as well as Instagram @hooktherrienart & Facebook.
“I have always been drawn to birches; their individual characteristics always catch my attention. They are almost like ghosts of the forests. They bring a sense of tranquility and fragility to a landscape. They sit quietly, giving a hint of color and their personality as their bark curls away. I thought I might get bored eventually, painting the same type of tree time after time might become a tedious exercise. It hasn’t. Every time I go out to investigate a landscape I always search for birches. I think I could paint birches for the rest of my life and be wonderfully happy. “