Local Artist Feature: Amy Sellers

The Back Story

I was born in Lafayette, Louisiana, and have a great affection for my Cajun heritage.  I was raised in a small town of Wexford, PA. Al Spekis, a young man in his first year of teaching, encouraged me (at twelve years of age) to focus on drawing and painting.  In 1983 I headed to Tampa, FL . Where I graduated with a fine arts degree from the University of South Florida.  For the first few years after graduating I focused on becoming a portrait artist.  In 1995 I met and married my husband, Andrew Sellers.  While raising three little boys Amy kept very busy painting and selling her art via the internet.  In 2002 our middle son, Andrew, was diagnosed with Autism.  In an effort to help him learn the meanings of words, Amy created several rhyming stories with fun whimsical paintings.  When a collection of 12 were completed she put them into a self-published book, Hurray for Rhyme It’s  Story Time, and started a 501(C)3 charity called the “Out of the Rain Society” assisting children and families affected by Autism.  While selling the books to fund the charity, she was taken under the wing of the world-famous motivational speaker Les Brown.  With his help I was able to reach the endowment level for the charity.  During this time I enjoyed illustrating children’s books for other people.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 2003 my family and I moved to a small farm in Apopka, FL.  Once again I focused on painting and selling art and children’s books via the internet.  Our family had a great time with horses and country living.  It was a magical place to raise our three young sons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 2011 we found a small 225 sq foot retail space for rent.  It had always been a dream of mine to have a retail gallery in which to sell my art.  We moved once again and opened a small gallery in Mount Dora, FL.  Since that time I have expanded the gallery several times.

I offer many different styles of paintings, including historic scenes of downtown Mount Dora, and a line of children’s books published by JLB Creatives Publishing.  Today I can be found most days painting by the window in her gallery.  Many of my works can be seen on this website.

Q & A

 Which is more important to you, the subject of your painting, or the way it is executed? 

The subject is most important.  I paint what inspires me and the subject dictates the creative style.  For instance,  the thoughtful portrait of a child might be painfully detailed, whereas a whimsical fish might end up being a quick sculpture!

What inspires you to paint Mt. Dora?

I get inspired by things that are important to me.  Mount Dora is an eclectic collection of wonderful people – residents, regular visitors, shop owners, restaurant owners – whom I consider my friends and my extended family.

How long have you been making children’s books?  What inspired you?

I wrote my first children’s’ book, HURRAY FOR RHYME in 2007, and I’ve written 4 more since then.  They began as a tool to help my son, Andrew, who has special needs, learn to read.  

The colorful images and rhyming stories stimulated him to want to read words. They eventually  became the book, which we then used to generate funds to support autism charities through a advised fund – The Out of The Rain Fund.  People can still donate to the fund through the Central Florida Community Foundation: https://cffound.org/contact. We support local churches, schools and child-advocate organizations like UCP of Central Florida (https://www.ucpcfl.org/).

What are you working on currently that excites you?

My current project is my biggest and favorite creative piece yet!!  It is an interactive art piece in the form of a renovated old farmhouse just outside of town – our new B&B, Flower Patch Farm!     https://www.facebook.com/Flower-Patch-Farm-BB-1215839225194202/

Contact: Amy Sellers

Gallery: Arborguy Business Group

411 North Donnelly St Suite 101, Mount Dora, FL 32757 US

Phone: 352.383.1102

Facebook: @amysellersartgallery

 

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