Childhood influence.  Who could have known?  When award winning artist Amy D. Minson was about 5 years of age and living in arcadian Florida she and her brothers were hauled off to pastel lessons.  Other childhoods pursuits led her away from the practice of art.  In later years her parents  received a beautiful watercolor painting from a friend and artist she was enamored once again.  

Fast forward forty "odd" years she then began the study of watercolor painting hoping to capture the soft tranquility that she found in nature. She did some of that, but realized that further study in other media was necessary.  Pastel then made a reappearance in her life.  The luscious palette that pastel had to offer was and still is intoxicating.  Pastel was her single pursuit for many years through much studio work, classes, and workshops around the country.  With more exposure and enjoyment of surrounding artists and their work the oil media began to call to her, and she became a "two timer" loving both media for their own unique qualities. 

In 2010 the opportunity to pursue art full time presented itself.  She continues to work and educate herself in order to improve her ability to express what the natural world means to her.  Her paintings have been exhibited in regional, national, and international  shows, and are held in private collections through out the United States and around the world.  

 

 

 

Residence:  Current:  South Carolina

                      Past:  North Carolina, Florida

 

 

Affiliations:   -Oil Painters of America
                       -American Impressionist Society                    
                       -Southeastern Pastel Society Member
                       - First Coast Pastel Society
                       -Charleston Artist Guild, Exhibiting Member 
                       -Pastel Society of South Carolina            

 

Gallerys:       -South Carolina Artisan Center                     
                       -Spencer Gallery, Charleston, SC
                        

 

Awards:       2010- 3rd Place: Lowcountry Statewide Art Exhibition: 

                        2011 - 3rd Place:  Lowcountry Statewide Art Exhibition

                        2012 - 1st Place:  Charleston Artist Guild Juried Statewide Signature Exhibition
                        2013 - Honourable Mention:  Piccolo Spoleto Juried Indoor Exhibition
                        2016-Merit Award- Gallery at Roundtop International  Juried Salon Exhibition
                        2017-Merit Award-Pastel Society of South Carolina Membership Exhibition

 

Shows:  2011   - Mt. Pleasant Artist Guild Spring Arts Festival                              

                           - Mt. Pleasant Artist Guild Blessing of the Fleet                                       

                           - Charleston Artist Guild Annual Members Exhibition

                           -Charleston Piccolo Spoleto Juried Indoor Exhibition

                           -First Federal's Peoples Choice Exhibition

                           - 7th Annual Historic Bluffton Art and Seafood Festival

 

             2012  - Charleston Artist Guild Statewide Juried  Signature Exhibition

                        -  Appalachian Pastel Society National Juried Exhibition
                        -  Charleston Artist Guild Annual Members Exhibition 


              2013  -Charleston Artist Guild Statewide Juried Signature Exhibition
                         - Charleston Piccolo Spoleto Juried Indoor Exhibition
                        -  First Federal People Choice Exhibition   


              2014  -Charleston Artist Guild Statewide Juried Signature Exhibition
                          -Three Women Show:  "Southern Sky and Landscape"  Spencer Gallery, Charleston, SC  
              
              2015  -Arkansas Pastel Society National Juried Exhibition

              2016 -Gallery at Roundtop  International Juried Salon Exhibition

  

 

Classes/Workshops:

Doug Dawson                                                 Susan Mayfield                            Casey Klahn                  

Albert Handel                                                 Tammy Papa                                 Jennifer Evenhaus

Stan Sperlak                                                   Brenda Mattson                           Mark Kelvin Horton                                  

Marc Hanson                                                  Ken Muenzenmayer                    Mary Gilkerson                   

Amelia Rose Smith                                        Richard McKinley                          Tony Allian