Raised on both a farm in Missouri and a lake in Michigan, Amy Gardner Dean was fascinated with nature from a very early age. A graduate of Olivet College in Michigan, her classically-based Studio Art degree held concentrations in Medical/Biological Illustration, Painting, Sculpture, and Natural Sciences through the college’s extensive Biology department.
A self-admitted “jack of all trades,” Dean has been a practicing studio artist since college, but also been a radio DJ, Veterinary surgical technician, Assistant Manager of a Canoe and Kayak retailer, been a K-5 Elementary School Art Teacher, been the lead instructor/counselor/program developer of a popular year-round local horseback-riding track out camp, and an art instructor for the Men’s Low Security Correctional Institution (Federal Prison) in Butner, NC.
Since 2008, Dean has been with Jerry’s Artarama, first as a Customer Service Rep for Jerry’s, then as the Resident Artist and Product Specialist for Jerry’s Corporate Offices. In February of this year, she became the Host of Jerry’s Facebook Live—a live show designed exclusively for artists that airs live weekly, 5:30-6:30 EST. Jerry’s FB Live features changing weekly topics that range all over the board from product education to instruction, techniques, and more, sometimes incorporating special guests.
Dean shows her personal artwork locally and nationally, and does a lot of private commissions of show dogs due to her background in dog fancy. Dean shows and breeds AKC Champion Great Danes and Pointers under the kennel name Dogma. She is currently completing the last of her requirements for application to the AKC for her judging license for Great Danes, working eventually towards being licensed to judge all breeds.