My studio is located off the garage of my home on the Outer Banks, and I go there to refresh my mind and ease stress. It’s my space, and my creative self resides there. I love to open the door to the outside, let the ocean breezes flow through the studio, and listen to NPR or jazz and classical music while I work.
Times change. When it became clear that house design was not longer a viable career, my mother’s friend told me to follow my heart. So that’s what I’m doing.
I can’t remember when I first discovered my creative self – it has always just been so. It is what I am. Music, art and theater were my motivation to go to school.
My first job was designing window displays for a department store. I’ve had a long career in interior design and had a boutique catering business. These were the perfect mix of business and creativity for me, but through the years I have allowed myself less and less time for more personal creative expression.
It was time for a change. So, in addition to my kitchen, where culinary adventures frequently take place, I took over a space tucked away on the top floor of the house and turned it into “Amie World”. The view is sky and tree tops. Sometimes I can hear the ocean. It is my get-away to paint and draw, sew, craft, peruse my cookbook collection, make a mess and watch QVC. This one small change has channeled a flow of creativity that I hope never stops.”