Amy IversenVisit Website
Born in Philly, raised in Baltimore, and now living in the idyllic countryside of Chester County, PA. I am a contemporary realist painter and jewelry artist. Creating has always been a huge part of my life from a very young age. I would spend endless hours drawing, sewing, baking and generally immerse myself in some form of craft. My mom supported my interests and enrolled me in ballet and art classes. The ballet didn't last but the art was my happy place. I would walk into the studio and feel at home. But my world was rocked at the age of 13, after my dad was killed in a very tragic car accident. I questioned how life could be so cruel for my family. The single thing that brought me comfort was painting. So that's what I did. There's so much more to my story, but I have to say that art has healing powers not only for the artist, but for those that appreciate the value of what artists create.
I obtained an undergraduate degree in Studio Arts from Towson State University and an MA degree from the University of the Arts. For over a decade I taught art and design courses at the community college level and graduate courses in the Museum Studies Graduate program at UArts. I have worked as an art conservation technician at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in objects and textiles, a freelance graphic designer for non-profit organizations and exhibition design. My exhibition and graphic design work can be seen in two permanent exhibits at the Academy of Natural Sciences, as well as many projects with Rutgers University and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
There was a long period of time when painting and art were not a part of my life. Divorce, raising kids, and economic survival took center stage. In 1996, life took a turn and I was able to dust off my brushes and paint again. A workshop in 1999 turned my world around and I became intrigued to learn and study the "Hensche" method, an approach to color and light that was taught by Henry Hensche of the Cape Cod School of Art. Over the years I've had the pleasure of taking countless workshops with very notable artists that I admire. Most recently she has mentored and studied with the following distinguished artists; Anne Blair Brown, Nashville TN; Lori Putnam, Nashville TN; Sarah Sedwick, Eugene OR, and Natalie Italiano of Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia.