I have always loved to draw and paint but I have never taken any portrait classes. In 2003, my family was living in Chicago and one evening after the kids went to bed, I grabbed a glass of wine and my old pencils and sketch pad. As I drew, the portrait suddenly began to emerge from the paper and at that point I knew that drawing was an activity I needed in my life.

 

I love drawing portraits for family and friends and I have drawn hundreds of portraits of parents, siblings, toddlers, newborns and pets for many birthdays, anniversaries, Christmases, graduations and Mother’s Day and Father’s Day gifts. Occasionally, I get to see recipients response first-hand and those moments are truly special for me.

 

In 2014, my oldest son began his senior year of high school. We had lived in Tulsa for 8 years at that point, and I felt like I had watched his class of 85 students grow up before my eyes. I began drawing a portrait of each of his friends, and then realized that I actually wanted to take on the challenge of drawing all 85 kids in his class. It was a daunting task, as each of my portraits generally takes between 5 and 10 hours. But with the support of my family, I was able to complete the class in time for graduation.

 

If you are interested in a custom portrait, please contact me for additional questions that are not answered on the FAQ’s page. Back to the Studio, Amy

“No matter the canvas, Amy captures an emotional spirt that lifts your soul and is joyfully satisfying!”

Brad Lasota

“Amy knows how much my family is OBSESSED with everything Star Wars so naturally when she created her Star Wars series of coffee art, I absolutely needed it in my life. When it arrived in the mail, my incredibly nerdy husband proceeded to geek out and started talking about getting it framed for his office at work. Silly boy, I let him know that if wanted to stay married that it was staying in our Star Wars room at home (yes, this exists). Thanks Amy for sharing your incredible talent!”

Kim Wagner

“I've been fortunate to know Amy for several years and have had the opportunity to watch her business and artistic talent bloom and grow. As the proud owner of Amy's art I can tell you that her sketch of our son for his high school graduation is a family heirloom that will be treasured forever. Amy beautifully captured his handsome face and the mischief in his eyes. I have seen her work and In paint, pencil and coffee among other things, and she brings a genuine love and care of each subject to each project. Best of luck Amy on your continued success. I am thrilled to call you my friend and artistic mentor!”

MK Edwards

“Amy did a drawing of my grandson. She's an expert at capturing expression. I love the drawing even more than the photo. It's my absolute favorite piece of art hanging on my wall. Amy is a super talented artist. Beautiful work. Thank you.”

Shari Umsheid

“Amy took a photo of my one year old, Sophia, at a party. She then did a drawing from the photo that captured Sophia's expression exactly, including each strand of hair. It was remarkable!”

Wendy Brochetti

“Thank you for the lovely and well-done portrait! I have admired your portraits of Virginia Johnson and Father Jewitt, and never thought I’d live to see my own. But now I have, and can die happy! Thank you for all the hours you must have spent on this. I am truly humbled, but at the same time proud of this best portrait of me ever.”

Msgr. Gaalaas

“I want you to know that your portrait of my sister means the world to me. I love it so much.”

Kim

“Thank you for sharing your gift of drawing with me. Thank you for taking the time to “bring to life” a piece of my dad. I was unprepared for the rush of raw emotion when I “saw my dad.” Your drawing is so real. I wish I could have the rest of him here with me too.”

Amber

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