Today we’d like to introduce you to Amy Donaldson.
Amy, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
As a child, my mother would give me a blank paper to create instead of coloring books. I dove into watercolors in high school and then pursued painting at the University of North Florida. Immediately after college graduation, I began painting murals and faux finishes in children’s rooms, restaurants, and luxury homes. It was challenging with climbing scaffolding and hauling so much paint and drop cloths around every day. I can’t imagine what Michelangelo went through painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. For 12 years, I supported myself this way and managed to build a little home near the beach. However, my heart just wanted to create original paintings on canvas. I knocked on many gallery doors, even hung work at Starbucks and other commercial venues for $100. It wasn’t until I reached a point of such discouragement, that I prayed in frustration and exhaustion to God to help me with my career.
Two days later, doors began to open and I received a call from New York from a dealer who had seen my work and offered me some consultation. Painting on my knees in my garage during that hot Florida summer, I created a new body of work that was from the innermost part of my heart. I poured out thanks to God through sweat and oils, working till my fingers bled. I created a large body of work that ended up in Art Basel Miami.
Within a short time, my work went from hundreds to thousands of dollars. During that same time, I started getting invitations into some notable galleries and decided to pack my paints and start over in Chicago. It was such a growing and exciting time. I am still in shock of what God has done with my career since that heart cry prayer. I have now had exhibits in Paris, Brussels, London, and across the US. Works can be found in the homes of celebrities, politicians, hospitals and hotels, including a 20-foot painting in the Mayo Clinic/Hilton Hotel in Rochester. Been featured on TV shows like Chicago PD and in many designer magazines.
And that’s all wonderful, but what deeply matters to me, is that people are encountering beauty, light, and peace through my paintings. I pray over every one of the paintings and name them very intentionally. Even as I am creating a piece, I am whispering a prayer for whoever’s home or space it will go to.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I am an abstract expressionist painter, with a background in impressionism. I want my art to be a source of powerful healing and light in the spaces it occupies. Each brush stroke and every color placed on the canvas emanates from the depths of my spirit in an expression of the healing, joy, and perfect love found in Heaven’s Divine Light. Every piece holds a presence in a pursuit to inspire the heart and turn the eye to a new expression of perfect love.
What do you know now that you wished you had learned earlier?
Keep creating! It’s a journey and it’s a rollercoaster full of hard work, highs and lows, but the best advice would be to surrender your career to your creator and Father in heaven and with patience and trust all your dreams will come true.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Check out my website! I am always releasing new work and announcing upcoming shows. You’ll also see a list of galleries that have beautiful collections of my work. Also, find me on Instagram, and stay connected through my quarterly newsletter! You can support my work by sharing what I do with the art lovers in your life. I also love connecting with new interior designers and creatives who are doing meaningful, excellent work.
- Website: amydonaldson.com
- Phone: 904.233.6023
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @donaldson_fine_art
- Facebook: @DonaldsonStudios
Lucas Sankey – applicable photos noted in image title