Amy’s motto, “Live Creatively”, is a characteristic that describes her life accurately. Amy has always been a creative soul. Her career has spanned hotel management, event planning and restaurant owner as well as hair salon owner. She thrives on new creative outlets and has experimented with oil and acrylic painting, charcoal and pastels, sculpture, furniture making, printmaking, woodcarving and interior design. She received her bachelor of Art from California State University Long Beach in Art & Interior Design. While living in Los Angeles, Amy did event planning and opened a restaurant. The Creole restaurant she opened enabled her to explore her talent of cooking as well as transforming a 50’s style diner into a French Quarter hangout. A native of New Orleans, she was able to share her love of all things Creole & Cajun.
After hurricane Katrina and her fathers passing, Amy moved to Houston to be closer to family. She then became a cosmetologist, and opened a Paul Mitchell Focus Salon where she thrived with her clientele and was able to express her creativity in the areas of hair and makeup. Amy still does hair for those lucky few.
Amy’s husbands job relocated them to Des Moines where they both love to call home. She now has been focusing her creativity on doing her art work – plus, she is sharing her knowledge by giving Sip & Paint classes at her studio in the trendy Mainframe Studios in downtown Des Moines. After COVID set in, Amy has been offering her sip & paint classes virtually! She also has now started sailing with her husband for the next few months starting November 2020 where she is planning to continue her classes virtually.
Comparable to her life - her work is described as diverse. She never likes to do the same thing twice – always trying to “mix it up”. She does portraits, landscapes, still life, and abstract and is always working with new material, mediums and ideas.