Artist Statement & Biography
How to communicate the subdued pleasantness of a perfect summer day, the internal quiet of a sunset, or the sound of leaves crackling underfoot? These are experiences that we take for granted, the essence of which, if distilled, should impart the essential pleasure of that perfect light, a scent in the air, the sound of silence. I strive to push the boundaries between photography and other art forms to communicate the inherent vibrance of the world around us.
An award-winning artist, Amy M. Ditto's career has followed a circuitous route. Beginning with the gift of a DSLR on her 18th birthday and subsequent training in Fine Art Photography at the University of New Mexico, Amy went on to earn a BA in Psychology and ultimately a PhD in Ecology. Seeking a change of direction in 2010, she and her husband Stefan founded Aperture Photography, which provides commercial photography services. Skilled in graphic design and post-production, Amy now works and teaches as an artist full-time. As an extension of her love of Fine Art she opened Ghostwolf Gallery in Albuquerque Old Town, a contemporary gallery focused on highlighting the work of local artists with a truly unique vision. Amy is actively involved in promoting the arts, currently serving as Vice-President of CSA/New Mexico Artists' Market and volunteering her social media skills to several prominent shows and galleries in central NM.
Amy's bold, vibrant, fantastical, and often humorous imagery evokes a sense of wonder and irreverence and has been displayed widely around the state of New Mexico in exhibitions and galleries. She has been featured at the Hubbard Museum of the West, is the feature artist for the 2016-2017 Placitas Artists Series, and was the poster artist for the 27th Annual Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Fair Balloon Fiesta show. Her work has also been featured in a variety of publications including the Albuquerque Journal, Shadow & Light, Diffusion, and as cover art for The Malpais Review. In addition to representation by Ghostwolf Gallery, you may find her work at The Range Cafe in Bernalillo, and at the Sandia Crest House.
Inquiries regarding purchase of her work can be made via this website or call 505.286.1127
2016-present Owner/Curator Ghostwolf Gallery
2015-2017 Vice President CSA/New Mexico Artists' Market
2013-present Social Media Manager- since March 2013)
2016-present Santa Fe Artists Market
2010-present Co-owner Aperture Photography
2011 Second Place "Where There's Smoke"- IMAGE New Mexico
2012 Honorable mention "Straw Horse"- 21st Annual Fall American Photography Competition at the Hubbard Museum of the American West
2013 Honorable mention "Solace" abq ARTS 6th Annual Editor's Choice Photo Contest
2014 Juror's Choice "Meanwhile, Back in Kansas" & winner's circle "Dead Head"- Color it Red, Red Dog News & Matrix Fine Art
2014 Best Booth New Mexico Wine Festival at Bernalillo
2015 First Place "Dia de los Moo-uertos"; "Temptation" & "Local Geometry" winner's showcase gallery- Color it Red, Red Dog News
2015 Best Digital Artist, New Mexico Arts & Crafts Festival
2015 Poster & T-shirt Artist, 27th Annual Balloon Fiesta Show, Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival
2015 Honorable mention, Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival Poster Art, Sunshine Artist Magazine
2016 Branding artist for the Corrales Art & Studio Tour
2016-2017 Branding artist for the Placitas Artists' Series
2016 Winner's Showcase, "Immaculate Perception", Color it Red 2016, Red Dog News
2016 Winner's Showcase, "Red Head #2: The Flapper", Color it Red 2016, Red Dog News
2013 December 2013: O'Niell's Irish Pub- Artist of the Month
2016 March: Popejoy Hall Benefactor's Lounge, Albuquerque, NM
2016 June/July: "On & Around The Route" (Recognizing 90th Anniversary of the Mother Road), Loma Colorado Main Library, Rio Rancho, NM
2017 March-May: Popejoy Hall Benefactor's Lounge, Albuquerque, NM
select juried exhibitions
2012-2013 Fall/Spring: 21st Annual Fall American Photography Exhibition at the Hubbard Museum of the American West
2011-2014; 2017 December: Annual New Mexico Photographic Art Show
2012 In the Mind's Eye: Albuquerque Photographers Gallery
2012; 2013; 2014 In Sight NM
2013-2017 Corrales Art & Studio Tour
2011; 2014 IMAGE NM
2014-2016 Placitas Artists' Series
2015 March/April: Black & White Group Exhibition- New Mexico Art League
2012 Volume IV: Diffusion Magazine, Muse Showcase, "Blue Chamisa #5"
2013 July/August edition abq Arts 6th Annual Editor's Choice Photo Contest: "Solace", honorable mention
2014 September/October edition Shadow & Light Magazine "Meanwhile, Back in Kansas", showcase image
2015 Local Flavor Magazine "Winter on Canvas" featuring "Solace"
2015 May/June edition Shadow & Light Magazine , "Local Geometry", showcase image
2015 Spring edition Malpais Review, front & back cover art "San Francisco Skyline" & "Meanwhile, Back in Kansas"
2014 2014 Calendar CSA/New Mexico Artists' Market. Featured artist "Dark & Stormy Night"- June. "Solace" honorable mention, back cover
2017 March/April edition Shadow & Light Magazine, Showcase Portfolio
Works held in private collections across the United States & Europe.
judging experience & mentoring:
2013-2015;2017 Juror, Annual METRO Photography Competition for Albuquerque High School Students
2013 Juror, The Way I See It, Annual Juried Show at The Albuquerque Photographers' Gallery
2015 Judge, Patterns & Textures for the Enchanted Lens Camera Club
2015 Juror, ANMPAS
2017 Student Mentor, Albuquerque Public Schools