Amy Hill-Imler has been immersed in painting and dedicated to the arts as a water media and collage artist and teacher for over half of a century. Formally, she earned a four year degree in design from the Art Academy of Cincinnati, Ohio in 1969, and soon after began her life-long devotion to the world of art by illustrating a twenty-three volume set of children's books with other artists entitled "Creative Activities Program.â€ Amy has continued her art education by attending workshops held by world-renowned artists, jurying art exhibitions, and also through teaching art for over thirty years, both privately and publicly, at the Arkansas Arts Center and presently based in her own studio.
Amy has received numerous awards and accolades - earning both national and state recognition of her work. She was nationally selected as a finalist by "The Artists Magazine" in their twenty-first annual art competition and three of Amy's works have been chosen non-consecutively by the American Heart Association as signature paintings for their annual â€œHeart Ballâ€ charity event. Two of her paintings were utilized as decorative art pieces and published in the corresponding magazine for Design House 2007.
As an active member of the art community, she is a signature member of Mid-Southern Watercolorists and served as its president in 1989 and 1990. Amy was accepted into the Society of Layerists in multi-media, which is a national organization that celebrates artists who have the ability and courage to continually employ layering and experimental techniques in their work.
Amy works primarily non-objectively but also figuratively using acrylic and other water-based media on canvas. She has managed to consistently maintain a positive outlook toward life through creating artwork - even when life is not kind nor gentle. Her artwork is how she expresses her emotions. Each work can tell how she was feeling when she created it - either by the colors, the shapes, or the subject matter. One can learn about her personality and life experiences through a visual study and consideration of her artwork; her body of work tells the story of her life and each painting has a small part of her soul embedded within it.
Gallery Walk takes place the first Friday of each month from 5-9.