Amy Watson Ballard
Amy Ballard is a professional artist who specializes in Mixed Media using found objects primarily consisting of ‘unbreakables’ – metals, tins, brass as well as paintings done in oil (Palette Knife), watercolor, and acrylics. With no set plan, each of her works seems to take a life or ‘character’ of it’s own. Items range from garden art made from everyday items to palette knife and mixed media paintings. Originally from Eupora, Amy was a self-taught artist until she enrolled at Mississippi University for Women in Fine Arts at the age of 31 in which she received numerous awards for her work in three-dimensional design.
Amy also found her inspiration from artists in history such as the feminist found object artist, Louis Nevelson; Alexander Archipenko, a found object sculptor; and Vincent Van Gogh who created beautiful paintings yet did not receive validation until after his untimely early death.
Amy completed a sculpture in the manner of Archipenko made from scrap woods and metals. It was received by the public with such favorable reviews (even winning an award of distinction) that it became the basis and beginning stages of future works she still creates today.
Amy is currently a full-time artist who works one-on-one with 4th-12th grade art students at Victory Christian Academy in preparation for the ACEA Fine Arts competition each year.