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Amy DePauw

Mixed Media / Houston, TX

Artist Statement

Amy has continued working with silver, gold, and gemstones but a family move to Malaysia in the late 90s and sending her children to college provided a lot more time to focus on art forms. An opportune trip to Singapore reintroduced her to bead weaving which became the focus of her work for several years. In 2003 she returned from Malaysia to New Orleans and began to work in stained glass, first helping her daughter with architecture design projects but it quickly evolved into a singular devotion. Hurricane Katrina forced a move to Lafayette which lasted for almost a year. After a return to New Orleans she worked on personal and commissioned projects up until 2007. After another family move to Houston in 2007 in addition to stained glass work, she found a lot of demand for Indian jewelry repair. This brought her full circle back into the jewelry trade. Working again with three dimensional forms led her to precious metal clay sculpting. She began experimenting with polymer clay and found the medium perfect for her needs. Her latest work involves the combination of sculpted polymer clay dragons with gemstones, crystal geodes, semi-precious stones and fossils.

Biography

Amy began drawing and painting at an early age. By 12 she was teaching youth art classes in painting, drawing, and sculpture at the Roswell Museum of Art in Roswell New Mexico. Her father is an accomplished silversmith and worked with her from age 12. By the time she finished high school she was a journeyman silversmith working with sliver and turquoise in the Pueblo Indian style. In the early 80s she apprenticed to a goldsmith working on castings, stone setting and finishing pieces for sale.