Hello there! Thank you for visiting!
My husband and I live on a small farm in southeastern Massachusetts along with 33 chickens (you can’t beat fresh eggs!), 1 turkey (a pet, at this stage), 1 pig, about 30,000 honeybees, and our crazy black lab-pointer mix pup.
My journey to working in art and design has been a gradual one, despite having a life-long love affair with making art. After earning a degree in Television, Radio, and Film Production from Syracuse University, I spent more than 20 years working on on-air promotion and graphic packaging projects for clients such as A&E, CBS Evening News, Discovery, ESPN, and History. This experience provided me a very solid foundation in managing projects, schedules, understanding the creative process (always a back and forth!), and balancing the joy of producing a great finished project with the reality of business concerns.
While working as a producer, I began taking classes in continuing ed at RISD and at Mass Art, including foundation classes (color theory, 2D design, drawing, oil painting), as well as photography and handmade paper. My interest in handmade paper led me to a workshop on Martha’s Vineyard where I learned the Polaroid image transfer technique, and I worked in Polaroid transfer from 2000 until 2007, having hoarded film before Polaroid shut down operations.
At the same time, I’ve continued to take classes in continuing ed at RISD, including Surface Pattern Design coursework in Photoshop and Illustrator, Digital Printing, and Painting.
My influences range from Sandra Boynton – as a child, her work was my first exposure to the joy that art and design can bring - to the frescoes of Il Sodoma, a testament to the ongoing joy and awe that art can bring 500 years after its creation; to the exuberance of Pucci’s fashion (and his adorable illustrations!), to the quirkiness of Alessandro Michele’s Gucci (Iguanas! Snakes! Tigers! Gold sparkles!), and, of course, the beauty and joy that can be found in nature – the ocean, mountains, flowers (so much joy in flowers), and all its creatures - with the exception of ticks and mosquitoes. Just sayin’.
My goal is to make people smile with my work, to brighten their day just a little bit. To me, this isn’t frivolous, it’s important to find something to smile about each day, to have something to look forward to, and art and design can certainly help with that mission.
I also (sometimes) write about food, gardening, travel, and home at Tiny Farmhouse. Please feel free to drop me a line at amy (at) tinyfarmhouse (dot) com.