About the Artist

Hello!

Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Amy L. Earls. I am a full-time watercolor artist and Skillshare teacher with over 20 years of experience in drawing and painting. I am most inspired by natural subjects such as landscapes, birds, as well as other flora and fauna. My style ranges from sketchy ink linework with loose washes of color to more detailed pure watercolor pieces. I am currently based out of Cincinnati, OH where I live with my husband in a historic row house apartment.

Art and making things have always been a part of who I am. I started drawing when I was 18 months old. I did not go to art school for college, instead, I have bachelor degrees in General Studies and Graphic Design. It has taken a long time for things to come full circle and bring me back to where I started, with Art. I spent over a decade fighting with outside expectations and struggling to find my way to a place where I could be happy and fulfilled. Ultimately, my answer was becoming my own boss and utilizing the skills I had developed in all those “wasted” years.

While I have only just begun this new career path there is one thing I know for sure, my artwork is my gift to you and to the world. I truly believe that I am meant to help others through the common connection of creativity and Art. By sharing my work and creative process, I hope to encourage and inspire others. We are so much stronger together. So please let me know how I can help you with your art journey. Feel free to contact me via email or send me a direct message on Instagram. I am always happy to chat about art!

Thank you for reading!

Amy

 

Why do I make Art?

It is really hard for me to answer the question, "why do you make art?". For as long as I can remember, I have been making art. My mom tells me I started drawing at 18 months old. To put it simply, the process of creating art is just a part of who I am. I have always identified with the word "artist" even as a small child. Perhaps another way to say it would be, "I like to make things." I enjoy the journey, the process, the tactile experience of traditional art-making, crafting, and even sewing. I like seeing what happens with something that starts as an idea in your head and then with your own two hands (and some bits of material or paper) you make something new, something that would never exist had you not created it.
The more I think about it, the more I realize I am quite enamored with the creation process. And while the end result may be beautiful or a complete mess, there is always something to be learned along the way. I may have a favorite painting for a time, but that generally passes, and then I move on. For me, it is more about looking at my art and knowing that I made it, rather than hoping to impress others.
The message behind my art is a simple one. It stands as an outward expression of the beauty I see in the world around me. My favorite subjects are landscapes, animals and other elements of nature. It is my greatest hope that my art will offer a gentle reminder to others that life is beautiful, that there are still good things in the world, and that sometimes we should stop and take a moment to appreciate how lucky we are to live in such a place.

A few things about me.

I love coffee! Almond milk lattes from my local coffee shop are the best!

I have a soft spot for anything cute and furry, especially cats.

If I could be doing anything other than making art it would be riding horses.

Also, I am just a teensy bit obsessed with color. Red is my favorite!

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