Amy Smiecinski was born in Mt. Vernon, Illinois and lived there and in Champaign before moving to Tulsa and Wagner, Oklahoma. During the summer before 9th grade, her family moved to Las Vegas, Nevada for her dad’s job.
Amy has a Master’s degree in Biology from New Mexico Highlands University. She worked primarily in environmental research and monitoring for about 30 years in Las Vegas, Nevada. Amy’s painting in watercolor began shortly before her retirement in 2010.
Since childhood, Amy has enjoyed drawing and crafts, such as sewing and ceramics, and taken any opportunity at all to participate, in arts and crafts like in vacation bible school and Campfire Girls. She comes from a family of artistic types: her parents, daughter, son and a number of cousins are also artistically inclined. Amy’s brother is musically talented and her uncle and sister were well-known architecture and print-making professors, respectively.
Other than a few art courses in high school and college, Amy received her art education from freelance teachers in Las Vegas. She took china-painting classes several years before she tried painting in watercolor. Amy started watercolor classes with Sharon Menary and continues to study with her and fellow guild artist Georgia Lawson.
Amy is a signature member of the Nevada Watercolor Society, a member of the Boulder City Art Guild and exhibits her work in that organization’s gallery located in the Boulder Dam Hotel in Boulder City, Nevada.
Amy’s work has been exhibited in the Sahara West Library and the Springs Preserve in Las Vegas, the Multigenerational Center in Henderson, Nevada, at the Reflection Bay Golf & Beach Club Rotunda in Lake Las Vegas and in the Boulder City Library.
Amy feels her success has been in realism and her dream is to master impressionism.