amy bench smileMy name is Amy Lou Fancher(I was formerly known as Amy Rohde) and I am a free lance artist living in Central New York with my husband, Mark and our dog, Sugar.  Since 1993 I have been known primarily as a mosaic artist.  In the early days I worked mostly with recycled china, found objects and ceramic tile and sold my work at Art and Craft shows and through various galleries and retailers around the U.S.

In 2003 I started moving away from using china as the main material and fell in love with the colors and textures available in stained glass and mirrored stained glass, also it’s a bit easier on my hands.  In 2007 I began experimenting with ways to make my mosaic work more sculptural through carving and sculpting styrofoam and foam insulation.  I truly enjoy the discovery process and love having added dimension to my work.

Along the way I have had the pleasure to work with some very talented designers, architects, and business owners doing a wide range of commercial mosaic installations, many of which you will find on this site.  I have also had the honor of teaching mosaics to children mostly through Arts in Education programs.  Those five years or so of teaching proved to be extremely rewarding, inspiring and challenging!  Although I no longer teach mosaics, I feel enriched for having had the experience and my respect and admiration for Teachers has greatly deepened.

After much soul searching and yearning to do something else, in 2006 I started exploring other mediums such as acrylic painting and screen printing.  The painting I’ve enjoyed purely on a personal level, but the screen printing won my attention and is the thrust of the business I developed called Viva Sweet Love.  In my collection you’ll find quirky and beautiful original designs hand screen printed onto super soft cotton tees for women and men,  canvas messenger bags, tea towels,  cotton onesies for infants, pillow case sets, and more!  All of the designs are infused with Love and Light- seriously, I’m not kidding!  Please visit my Etsy shop to witness the magic your self;)  http://www.etsy.com/shop/vivasweetlove

Now, let me tell you about some of the things that inspire and move me.  I LOVE color and how particular combinations of colors together can make my jaw drop and leave me breathless.  I LOVE whimsy(though I’d like to invent a new word for it).   I LOVE shiny, sparkly things, and yes- that includes glitter.  I LOVE to laugh.  I LOVE the natural world- forests, mountains, water in all it’s forms, flowers, leaves, moss, all types of vegetation, and trees… oh how I love trees!    My family, my friends and my dogs are a constant source of inspiration, comfort and joy- I’d be lost without them.  This list could go on and on, so I’ll end it here by saying how much I thoroughly enjoy peeking into the worlds of other artists and creative types through websites and blogs- they feed and inspire me daily.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit this site.  Your comments and questions are always welcome and appreciated, please email me at fancher.amy@gmail.com

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