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Amelia Fais Harnas, Art, Wine, & Rosacea


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Amelia Fais Harnas Self Portrait

Self-portrait as Saint Pompette, No. 2 | 2012 | Damiani Vino Rosso, bronze powder, acrylic on cotton | 29” x 22.5” | NFS
Image courtesy Amelia Fais Harnas

"Amelia Fais Harnas’s day job is translating medical documents from French to English. But by night she retreats to a tiny hillside shed in the backyard of her childhood home in Corning, New York, opens a bottle of wine, and paints with it. Part of her process is consuming while she works, of course, so results are sometimes unexpected—often pleasantly so." Punch Pinterest says she is now based in Portland. 

Amelia Fais Harnas began "experimenting with a series of portraits involving wine stains and embroidery" in 2011 according to Christopher JobsonColossal. The Huffington Post writes, Amelia "forgoes the traditional canvas and paint for tablecloths and wine." Punch writes about Amelia's process, "Having always loved wine, she recently became curious about how it might work as a stand-in for watercolors. After tirelessly testing the wine painting process (which she prefers to keep partially secret), she has recently started to release them for sale."

Cellar Vie Wines writes, "The artist creates portraits by staining fabric with red wine using wax to create dark and light toned patterns that in her own words result in 'a blend of chaos and control'. " Lomography writes, "Harnas, who describes herself “a portraitist at heart,” says she was “particularly intrigued by the challenge of trying to control the unpredictable nature of wine bleeding through fabric in order to channel the equally imprecise nature of a person’s character.”

WSKG Public Media, Artist Cafe, Web Extra, interviews Amelia who explains how this process works. 

"Amelia Fais Harnas embraces this aspect of wine unreservedly. Her portraits have a shroud like quality about them, haunting whispers of faces that seem as though they may fade away if you stare at them for too long.  The inclusion of embroidery, wax resist, gouache and gold ink to anchor and give depth to her designs adds to the sacred feel of the work, replicating techniques used in ancient religious iconography."
The Divine Work of Amelia Fais Harnas, Carrie McCarthy, Cultural Flanerie

The NRS reports that Amelia was diagnosed wth rosacea in 2015 in an article explaining her "paintings began to attract attention online." Amelia is quoted in the NRS article as saying, “I almost always drank a glass of wine whenever I worked on a wine stain,” she explained. “Creating wine stains can prove to be very frustrating, and a big glass of wine was an obvious and easy way to make things more palatable.”

Amelia has an interesting autobiography and resume worth reading. Her Drunk Politics page is amusing. Official Web SiteFacebook. Pinterest

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