Professional Amy Gardner Dean
Raised on both a farm in Missouri and a lake in Michigan, Amy Gardner Dean developed a curiosity and love of the natural world from an early age. The granddaughter of a Missouri landscape painter and a Michigan grandmother (who was the daughter of professional Chicago portrait artists), she was encouraged early on to draw and paint, often attending oil painting classes with her grandmother from the age of 3.
Dean has enjoyed holding many art-related positions since earning a BA in Studio Art. Besides a public studio in downtown Raleigh, she taugh K-5 Elementary Art with Durham Public Schools, was an Art Instructor at LSCI Butner, a Men’s Federal Prison; the Technical Rep for Customer Service at Jerry’s Artarama’s Corporate; and also maintained a private home studio for 13 years while staying home with her sons, Reiker and Elam.
Currently she is the Corporate Artist and Products Specialist for Jerry’s Artarama’s Corporate Offices, as well as the host of their weekly Jerry’s Artarama Facebook LIVE show. She enjoys the access to endless art supplies, and the ability to aid in testing and development of new products for the company’s own proprietary lines. The job has given her the opportunity to become proficient in a wide variety of media that she had not had the time or ability to try as a practicing studio artist. Her artwork is featured on many new product’s packaging, on beauty shot examples of new products both in catalogs and online, examples for contests and social media promotions, and was made the cover art for the 2016 Jerry’s Artarama full-line catalog.
Dean maintains a private studio just outside of Raleigh NC where she works in all mediums, with new favorites becoming silverpoint and mixed media. She has two sons, both Sophomores (in college and high school), one Great Dane, and two show English Pointers. Her hobbies are hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and showing/breeding and judging purebred dogs.
Amy Gardner Dean Artist’s Statement
It all began back in 1991 with an emu over a century old, and the vivid memory of a Presbyterian Minister who had once informed me in my pre-teens that animals did not go to heaven when they pass away…
It haunted me, I could not comprehend that an animal was soul-less, spiritless, and lacked intelligence enough to be of value or worth to God—that had supposedly created them—would not want them upon their exit from this world...