Amy is one of those artists that have been an SGD favorite for a while now. We love her abstract art, her bubbly personality and maybe more than anything, her amazing home. Located in the Crestwood area of Fort Worth, it is a space that feels very "California bungalow hosts an artist retreat in 1972". Airy and bright with natural elements, outdoor living spaces and chock full of collectibles and vintage treasures, it is also the perfect backdrop for her big and bold canvases. Recently, a feature home location for 360 West Magazine fell through and Shauna was contacted to crowdsource another home. We immediately thought of Amy's and you can see the final feature in the August 2020 Cool Issue.
SGD: Can you briefly walk us through your story? How you started and how you got to where you are today?
AY: I am from the South and grew up in a family of artistic people. Art supplies were put into my hands from the get-go! When I was a child many people taught art classes out of their garages or in their homes and my mother would sign me up for every single one! One month I might be on a pottery wheel and the next creating oil paintings of historical buildings. When I attended The University of Alabama I fell in love with the art department and took as many art classes as possible. Since then I’ve continued to create and grow as an artist through workshops where I have studied under many well-known artists.
SGD: Has it been a smooth road? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
AY: It was not always a smooth road! In the beginning, I did all kinds of art because I was afraid to do what I really wanted to do. My dream was to create extra large, abstract oil paintings. One day I broke through that fear by taking a canvas and tons of art supplies up on to a golf course behind the home we were living in. I made a promise to myself that I would not stop until a large piece was completed. I never looked back from that day!!
SGD: What are you most proud of and what sets you apart from other artist?
AY: I am most proud of the fact that I never gave up and that I have had the ability to adapt and learn almost every aspect of the art business.
I think what sets me apart is that I do so many different types of paintings but all are uniquely me. Some pieces are soft and calming and others are super colorful and full of energy. Because of this wide variety often times clients, designers and galleries are able to place multiple pieces in one location. I also absolutely love meeting the clients and visiting their homes. I have worked with the most unbelievably kind people. Knowing that my art is loved and enjoyed by them is such a blessing to me! I would also say that my work ethic sets me apart. Some days I will work 16 hours straight and enjoy every minute. I am constantly exploring new methods and ideas that God has given to me!
SGD: What advice would you give to someone at the start of his or her career?
AY: My advice for someone who is just starting their art career....
SGD: What artists do YOU admire and why?
AY: Cy Twombly, Jose Parla, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Joan Mitchell and Mark Bradford are the artist that have consistently inspired and influenced me as an artist. It is their mark-making ability and graffiti/street art quality that I love the most.
SGD: If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
AY: In addition to being an artist I am interested in architecture, interior design, filmmaking, writing and illustrating children’s books and someday owning my own art gallery.
I am currently working on a children’s book about rainbows and my paintings will be the illustrations.