We’ll be re-purposing our Art Focus feature a little by using it to introduce you to artists that are new to us or those not reported on frequently here on AM. First up is Brooklyn artist Amy Bennett who uses the interesting technique of building miniature sets and then using them as reference for her remarkable paintings. Not only are they rendered beautifully giving you an almost painted equivalent to tilt-shift photographs, she also manages to infuse her compositions with subtle storytelling that leaves one wondering what is really going on.

For those of you in New York, you may have seen her work at the Bay Ridge subway station where a giant mosaic has been installed. The piece, which took her a year to complete, takes her execution to an additional step where the glasswork based on her painting was fabricated in Germany then assembled on site.

More images after the jump from her At the Lake series.

Thanks to booooooom for the tip off.