Amy was born on February 17, 1968 in Washington DC. She grew up in Virginia Beach, Va. and lived there for 18 years. Always interested in art and fashion, Amy took Fashion Design classes at Virginia Beach Vocational Technical School and graduated from Cox High School in 1986. She was also fortunate enough to spend two weeks in Paris and London that same year with her English class.
Supporting herself since age 18, Amy held many jobs, sometimes three at a time to make ends meet. Today she would say it has made her a more well rounded individual by gaining multiple skills and meeting a variety of people along the way. She moved back to the Northern Virginia area in 1988. It was there she would find the job that stole her heart. She became employed by an Art Gallery and Custom Framing Shop as a design consultant. Quickly Amy figured out that decorating a piece of art with just the right framing was like dressing one’s self, and so it combined her love of fashion, and passion for art. While learning the business of retailing, she also learned skills in the framing shop that would eventually make her a professional custom picture framer.
In 1993 Amy had found herself back closer to home and family, residing in Norfolk’s trendy Ghent area. She began to work as a gallery director for Harbor Gallery on Colley Ave. It wasn’t long before owner/boss Diane Fletcher noticed Amy’s drive to succeed and her love for art and the craft of framing. Ironically, Ms. Fletcher was preparing to retire at the time and approached Amy to take over ownership. Amy was ecstatic, but knew it was going to be many years of hard work and determination to pay for the business loan and continue the gallery’s success. It was the best decision she has ever made.
More than ten years of being self employed has taught Amy to count her blessings, and to buck up and work harder when things get tough. There are many obstacles to overcome in a small business: employee hardships, mother nature, personal crisis, war, and financial strain, just to name a few. However being her own boss has also allowed her to have a fair amount personal freedom, an immense pride in her chosen career, and the ability to travel. Amy has been to the Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Germany, Ireland, Jamaica, Mexico, and has enjoyed a great deal of beautiful America. She has even cage dived with great white sharks!
Amy is on the board of director’s for the Ghent Business Association and is on several committees dedicated to raising funds for charitable organizations. She hopes to one day retire young, become a full time painter, and travel the world.