Amy Watts works in the medium of charcoal and pastel and has been a professional leaded-glass artisan for 20 years.
Amy was a member of the inaugural graduating class of Design and Architecture Senior High School in Miami, FL in 1993 and completed a Bachelor of Fine Art/Textiles with distinction from the University of Georgia in 1997. She began an apprenticeship at a stained glass studio in 1996 and has worked since then as a glass designer and artisan for studios in Los Angeles and Atlanta.
After resuming graphite drawing in 2012, she studied with award-winning artist J.D. Hillberry at two three-day workshops in Boulder, CO. This experience introduced her to charcoal, which is now her drawing medium of choice.
She has presented her charcoal drawings at metro-Atlanta fine art festivals, being awarded 3rd place at her first festival, the 2013 Buckhead Spring Arts and Crafts Festival, and Best of Show-Craft at the inaugural 2013 Old Fourth Ward Fine Arts Festival. She presented her first solo exhibition at Dogwood City Art Gallery, Tallapoosa, GA in 2015. She presented her glasswork at Meccafest 2015 and Carrollton Festival of the Arts 2016, sponsored by the Carrollton Artist Guild, for which she is secretary. She was commissioned in 2017 to design the festival t-shirt and poster for Carrollton Mayfest, and donated drawings for two fundraiser auctions for Carroll County Soup Kitchen and Tanner Medical Center's Annual Magnolia Ball.
She currently enjoys working on a variety of projects—portrait drawing, residential and church stained-glass windows, graphic design and private art lessons.
Amy is blessed with being able to create art full-time in her studio. She spends the rest of her time with her husband, two daughters, 12 and 14, her church family and her pets—five rambunctious dogs and one cool cat. She lives and works in west Georgia.