About



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


Curriculum vitae


professional

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


awards

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 "Intensity"- Color it Red, (Red Dog News)

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

2016                           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


one-man shows

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


published work

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


private collections

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