Written by Erika L. Block

amy-serious oct 2014-adjustAmy Jarvis has been drawing as early as she could hold a pen, and she hasn’t stopped often since. After high school, she attended the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, majoring in Illustration.

Jarvis credits her work as a digital artist for teaching her how to see light differently and how to add more of a focal point, which she feels was lacking in her earlier work. She also credits yoga and her work as a yoga instructor for helping her to rediscover her artistic voice. “My work has evolved in the last couple of years, because I am finally painting in my own voice, verses trying to guess what would please the eye of a stranger.”

She enjoys working with different mediums, including charcoal, oil pastel, mixed media and collage, watercolors, watercolor pencils, pen and ink, acrylic and oil paints, and encaustic work. She describes her work as very illustrative in nature, and prefers it to tell a story. “I end up with humor in about half of my pieces, and people respond well to them, which only encourages me further.”

I'd Sail the ocean for you, colored pencil and pen & ink, 5"x7", 2014, NFS
I’d Sail the ocean for you, colored pencil and pen & ink, 5″x7″, 2014, NFS

Amy currently lives in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, where the arts community has been blossoming in recent years. She is a member of the Fond du Lac Visual Artists (FDLVA), and a board member for the recently named Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA). In 2014 she worked with the THELMA to co-host Canvas Unplugged, a night where artists could work together on-site. It was a success, and another Canvas Unplugged will be scheduled for 2015. Also in 2015, Jarvis will be instructing workshops, exhibiting at GLAS in Sheboygan with fellow Fond du Lac artist Mel Kolstad, and exhibiting once again at Gallery and Frame in Fond du Lac, where she saw tremendous success with her 2014 exhibit, selling fifteen out of sixteen pieces. “My recent show at Gallery and Frame made me feel like a superstar. […] I felt very proud of the work, and all the support I received from friends and my community.”

Emerson, oil, 16"x20", 2013, NFS
Emerson, oil, 16″x20″, 2013, NFS
Charlie wearing glasses, acrylic, 5"x7", 2013, NFS
Charlie wearing glasses, acrylic, 5″x7″, 2013, NFS

To learn more about Amy Jarvis and her work, visit her online at facebook.com/amyjarvisart.


Erika L. Block is a professional writer, artist and art director working exclusively with the art, publishing and music industries through her company, Creative Studios. Connect with her at facebook.com/elblockcreative.

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