Our family has been enjoying museums and art galleries together for 30 years and couldn’t be more excited about the “A” in YAM. Our Art Gallery is inside the yoga studio, allowing yoga students to enjoy beautiful local art while practicing yoga
– Jen Johnson
My name is Taylor, and I am a local Dallas artist. I grew up in Dallas but spent the last ten years in Denver, CO. While in Colorado, nature became my artistic muse and my emotional refuge. I would often head to the foothills of Evergreen, car packed with art supplies, unsure if I would hike, meditate, or paint. The smell of the earth, the beautiful wildflowers, and the light that sparkled on the cool rushing rivers inspired me spiritually and artistically. I noticed patterns in nature but also found permission to let go and to paint what I feel.
I have developed two core styles: a meditative practice of laying down patterns of dots of paint and a flowing organic style that is my own interpretation of nature. My process always begins the same way: I meditate, pray to the universe to use me for the greatest good, and then lay down the word “love” to create my initial guiding lines. The canvas tells me where it wants to go, and when I am really in the flow, the decisions I make about color and composition are subconscious…almost like I am channeling something from the ether.
I have been back in Dallas for a year now, and there is something special about the ambitious energy and warm people I have met. I am inspired in a whole new way! I recently founded a pop-up show called Dallas Artists Unite, where I exhibited the works of 11 magical Dallas artists, and I have a new goal outside the canvas to help connect Dallas artists with the public.
Amy grew up in Houston, TX, and graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. After graduating college, Amy worked in the music business as the Southwest Promotions Director for Lyric Street Records. Following the music business, she was an Affiliate Relations Director for ESPN Radio, and then ABC Television network. After leaving her 10-year corporate career to take on the challenges of motherhood, Amy found a passion in working with glass, allowing her to channel her love of music and sports in art form. Amy began focusing her efforts on a particular canvas: the body of an acoustic guitar. The guitar became a natural fit for her bold and edgy work.
A self-taught artist, Amy’s signature style of creating one-of-a-kind glass sculptures using acoustic guitars as her canvas led her to launch Glass Axes in 2009. Her guitar sculptures hang on the walls of hotels, restaurants, private homes, and offices belonging to several renowned folks in the music industry, sports executives, and musical artists.
Through the years, Amy’s creative process has evolved, but some things remain the same. Her process starts by prepping the acoustic guitar – stripping it of the strings and bridge and sanding it down to prepare the surface for glass and glue. The glass cutting starts with sheets of glass that she hand cuts into pieces to resemble whatever shape is needed for the design she creates. Each piece is glued by hand to the guitar, the edges are smoothed with a Dremel, and the glass is grouted. A paintbrush is used to grout the glass, ensuring no missed space. Her grout colors tend to mimic the color of the glass used in the design, this way, the focus is on the glass and not the grout. After drying, the residual grout is cleaned off the surface of the glass with a lint-free cloth and toothpick. The edges of the grout lines that outline the guitar are reinforced with resin, and finally, the whole sculpture is ready to hang. The process takes about two weeks, depending on the design’s detail and how many grout colors are used for finishing. The design of each guitar fills the body and the fret and wraps around the sides. She does not glass the back of the guitar, much like a painter doesn’t paint the back of a canvas.
Amy lives in Dallas, TX, with her husband and son. Amy grew up an athlete, so when she’s not
in her studio, she can be found on a tennis court or golf course feeding her passion for