Amy Stielstra’s bio
My family owned a print shop in Ferndale, Michigan. I grew up surrounded by inks of every color, paper of every texture and thickness, noisy presses and giant light tables. I saw an image reproduced hundreds of times within minutes on giant rhythmic printing presses.
I practiced drawing and I studied how to draw what I see. Endless supplies of paper were at hand as I was encourage by my parents because they saw potential and how I loved making art. At the age of 10 my parents published my first coloring book. My fun drawings with thick lines were printed for many to enjoy.
I fell in love with graphic design and found creativity came easily to me. I attended Central Michigan University and have a bachelors degree in the Art Program for Graphic Design and Illustration. Throughout my journey I discovered my fine art strengths in painting, pottery, textiles, wood carving, sculpting, even creating with food and recipes. All are creative connections.
Creating to me is more than a two or three dimensional experience. Art for me is self-expression, intentional, emotional, sensory and a connection. When all falls into place art is an experience not only to me but to the observer. From concept, to compiling supplies, to creating, to the finished product, to behold and finally to share.