Amy Lurker has been into art since she was five and she painted inside her sister's wedding album box!
"I was always drawing, coloring or painting on something as a child. I thought my mother would be so happy," recalls Amy. "Good thing it was the box and not the album!"
Amy--who is originally from Greenville, Ms-- intended on going to college to get a degree in graphic design, but it didn't pan out.
"As most people find out, life doesn't always turn out as planned. I met my husband a few years later, we married and had children," says Amy. "I put family first for all of those years and put my first love- art, on the back burner.
She did painting here and there, but not like she originally thought she would because she never had the space or time.
Two and a half years later, her and her husband - along with their son - moved in Franklin, TN because they fell in love with Nashville and the surrounding area.
"While visiting my sister in Florida--a few months after we moved to Franklin-- I saw an artist's technique with acrylic," said Amy. "The technique immediately ignited the flame of my love for creating art. I did my research and started playing with my newly found medium."
From there, she was hooked and even had her first Art Crawl in Franklin a year and a half ago. According to Amy, an Art Crawl is, 'an event held in Franklin and Nashville once a month usually on a Friday or Saturday night where each local business participating features a local artist.'
"I was nervous about showing my work to the public for the very first time," says Amy. "But found it easy to talk about my passion. "
There is a reason why Amy wanted to become an artist in the first place though!
"I wanted to be an artist because I see objects and people more deeply and with more detail than most," said Amy. "I wanted others to see the details as well."
She also noted that 'art is always changing' and that's what she likes the most about it as well as some other things.
"I love that art is all around us 100% of the time- we just need to open our hearts to see. I love that I admire other artist's talents and that each of us looks up to one another," said Amy. "I love that artists in the Franklin/Nashville area try to support one another and boost one another up."
She was meant to be an artist and she wouldn't have it any other way!
"Art is my refuge, my release. It is the story of my spirit," says Amy. "When I paint, sculpt, whatever you want to call it, I answering the yearning that my soul longed for. Being able to create helps me explore and grow in a way that no other profession can do for me."