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(Image: Amy Lisa Anderson)

Artist of the Week: Amy Lisa Anderson

Seattle might be notorious for niche coffee shops and scenic waterways, but locals know it's also home to an array of people who love to create. This city is chock-full of artists who we love to feature weekly on Seattle Refined! If you have a local artist in mind that you would like to see featured, let us know at And if you're wondering just what constitutes art, that's the beauty of it; it's up to you! See all of our past Artists of the Week in our dedicated section.

Seattle Refined: How long have you been creating? Do you work with other mediums?
Amy Lisa Anderson: I have been creating work since the first moment I can remember. The first time I made a piece that I was especially proud of was a rainbow lizard in 6th grade. I work in many different mediums. I was an Interdisciplinary Visual Art major at The University of Washington, so I was trained in many different mediums. As the only visual art teacher at Holy Names Academy, I teach everything from painting, ceramics, printmaking, graphic design, and photography, so I am constantly getting messy with all different materials.

Can you tell us about your artistic process and how the different stages work into it?
I work mostly on wood panels, so I usually start with loose pencil sketches and then at layers of detail with a fine ink pen and highlight with acrylics or oil paint. Some pieces have as many as ten different layers of ink, paint or paper. I have recently been exploring alcohol inks. I love the vibrant colors that can be achieved.

Tell us about where your inspiration for your art come from?
For the last couple of years, the constantly changing landscape of our city has provided endless amounts of imagery for my work, including the architecture, animals, and iconic landmarks.

Do you have a specific "beat" you like best – nature, food, profiles, etc.?
Landscapes, architecture, and animals.

What experiences in your life have affected your art the most?
The last piece I finished, "The View of the Reflecting Pool at the Frye," was extremely important for me because it is one of my favorite places in Seattle, and I want that to be a place for my students and my students' future children to visit for years to come. It is really scary to the effects of COVID on the art museums and music venues.

Do you have one piece of art that means more to you or is extremely special to you?
My students inspire me to make art about this city that I love so much. I want them to have the same love and appreciation for this place.

If we want to see more of your work, where should we go to find it?
More work can be viewed at my website and Instagram, @amylisaanderson.

What is next for you? Anything you're working on right now that you're really excited about?
When we return back to school, I want to do a large-scale collaborative piece with my students based on their experiences in quarantine and dealing with the pandemic.

Lastly, how do you take your coffee? (We ask everyone!)
My coffee drink of choice is a macadamia milk latte.