West Hollywood, Ca
Amy Turner Art
We talked about our neighborhood and how happy it makes us that there are so many dogs in the area. We went on and on about how much rescue means to us and how obsessed we are with our own pups, her Ozzy and Dolly Parton, and my Logan. It was easy to talk to Amy Turner, digital illustrator most known for her custom dog portraits and recent venture into pop art. She has a cool vibe about her and so does her art.
Amy Turner is not a classically trained artist. She is a creative entrepreneur that turned her obsession with her dog encyclopedia – which she proudly memorized – and love of art into a business.
Inspired by her artist father, Amy started painting and working with other mediums as a young girl living in Los Angeles, CA. Around 15 years ago, Amy started exploring digital illustration. She understood the basic technology and liked the idea of having a new canvas to play around with. Her philosophy is ‘try everything and edit later.”
Well, it’s working. She has turned her hobby into a full-fledged business. Most of her work is in dog portraits, which is obviously most rewarding for her. “Something about capturing the essence of someone’s dog and putting it into art is so rewarding,” says Turner. “It’s like bringing the joy of your dog full circle.”
Coming up next for Amy is a line of sneakers and swim shorts featuring some of her more recent pop art design. And of course, she is going to collaborate with The Gentle Pit on something too – look for a line of exclusive wrapping paper that you can find along with some of her other products on thegentlepit.com.
Amy in 12 questions
1. IF YOU WERE A BREAKFAST CEREAL WHAT WOULD YOU BE?
2. WHAT IS THE SOUNDTRACK TO YOUR LIFE? ONE ALBUM?
SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET Original Broadway Cast Recordings
3. NAME A FEW OF YOUR FAVORITE SPOTS TO EAT IN L.A.
El Coyote, DuPar’s, Guisados, Pann’s , Norm's
4. WOULD YOU RATHER BE A MEMBER OF N’SYNC, THE JACKSON 5, SPICE GIRLS or BEASTIE BOYS?
The Jackson 5
5. FAVORITE QUOTE?
IF NOTHING CHANGES NOTHING CHANGES
6. IF YOU HAD A FROG WHAT WOULD YOU NAME IT?
7. WHAT DRINK MAKES YOU A LITTLE WEIRD?
Chocolate Milk Shake
8. TACO BELL OR DEL TACO?
Just discovered the joys of the Del!
9. DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE TO ME IN 3 WORDS.
7 year old boy meets Greta Garbo
10. WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO SHOP IN L.A. FOR HOME ITEMS?
Goodwill, Estate Sales
11. LAST SHOW YOU BINGE-WATCHED?
The Nanny (it’s heaven)
12. FAVORITE BOOK OF ALL TIME?
A Wrinkle In Time
Written by Lisa Marie Barnes