Hi! I'm Amie - a Baltimore-born, Midwest-and-New-England-raised, current Harrisburg resident and artist. I received my Bachelors in Art Education and Masters in Arts Management and work as a full-time artist out of my studio at The Millworks. Prior to full-time art-making, I worked under the PA Council on the Arts as the Director of Access to the Creative Sector and formerly taught as an Art and AP Art History educator at Carlisle High School.
There are three distinct facets that make up my philosophy as an artist and art educator:
1. Art is for everyone. I strive to create work that incorporates themes or images that are familiar and that anyone can connect to. I enjoy creating works that incorporate everyday objects – thereby forcing viewers to experience something ordinary in a new way.
2. Art should spark joy. It is rather simple. Make images that make people smile. Or remember something wonderful. Or chuckle a little. I don’t always need people to have a grand emotive response to my work. I just want them to feel a little lighter after looking at something I have created – as if it has come off the wall or canvas and given them a little pat on the back.
3. Art is powerful. I mean this in the sense that it brings people together in ways that I will never truly understand. The idea of multitudes of people looking at the same image and formulating their own personal, reactionary response is incredible to me. They all now share something that they did not share before. That is beautiful. That is community and connection. That is power.