Today we’d like to introduce you to Amy Travis.
Alright, thank you for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us how you got started?
Born and raised in St. Louis, I’ve been attracted to art for as long as I can remember. My parents are the hardest workers, which unknowingly got me interested in art. From a young age, sitting in offices, I knew it was what I didn’t want to do out of all professions. This led to me killing hours til it was time to go home by drawing on any legal pad I could find and scribbling with BICs til they ran dry. My parents never reprimanded me for using their supplies but supported me. This led to a fascination with the arts from kindergarten to my senior year of high school. Attending Webster University shortly after, I was introduced to my love of printmaking. (Shout out to Tom Lang & Tate Foley.) I graduated in 2021 with my BFA in printmaking and now work with my love of printing daily at Lefthand Promotions
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been smooth?
I’m going, to be honest. I won’t make up some rags to riches story. I am incredibly thankful and privileged to have the help of friends and family along the way. My road has been much smoother compared to others which I am incredibly grateful for. as previously mentioned, my parents and family truly sacrificed so much for me. Some days financial stress can be intense, but I’d rather be broke than do something I hate for a few more bucks.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I specialize in printmaking, more specifically, screen printing. I want my work to be accessible. Printmaking allows me to offer my work cheaper than a standard drawing or painting. My work often focuses on relationships, body language, and the Midwest experience. I’m proud of displaying things we may not notice in our daily lives and almost romanticizing them.
What characteristic of yours would you give the most credit if you had to?
Community outreach. Relationships with my city, peers, and strangers. Everybody could have an impact on us.
- Instagram: Instagram.com/amytravisart
Headshot: taken by Madison Castaldi Inking stone photo: Emmett Merill