Raised on both a farm in Missouri and a lake in Michigan, Amy Gardner Dean observed the natural world with fascination from a very early age. Encouraged as a child by her Grandmothers; one, a landscape artist – the other, an only child of professional Chicago portrait artists – she was continually busy drawing animals and creatures that surrounded her.
A 1992 BFA graduate of Olivet College’s (MI) classically based Studio Art Program with concentrations in biological illustration, painting, and sculpture, she relocated in 1993 to North Carolina. She has held many art-related occupations since that time; a teacher with Durham Public Schools, an instructor at the Low Security Men’s Federal Prison (Butner, NC), ran Crazy Dane Studios, was the Tech Rep with Jerry’s Artarama’s Customer Service (Web and Catalog), and is currently the Corporate Artist/Products Specialist at Jerry’s Artarama for their Corporate Offices.
Dean’s mediums of choice vary due to her day job and the necessity to produce art in most mediums– she is well versed in oils, acrylics, watercolor and gouache, inks, printmaking, silverpoint, oil and soft pastels, colored pencil, and all other dry drawing media. The majority of her personal work is in oils on linen or wood panel. Dean’s subject matter of preference is both animals and people (hailing from her biological illustration background), and does dozens of commissions a year featuring both. Her works are in private collections, colleges and universities, zoos, and veterinary offices around the country.
Showing Great Danes and Pointers is one of Dean’s many hobbies. Under the kennel name Dogma Danes she has owned or bred 8 Great Dane AKC Champions, 1 UKC Champion, earned 2 CGC Titles and had one Certified Therapy Dog—from only two litters-- since 2004. She has judged Sweeps at numerous Great Dane Specialties, and is completing her final requirements to apply to the AKC for her Judging license.
Amy Gardner Dean