Amy Runyen is a mixed media artist and a painter who shows her fine art work in galleries across the United States and internationally.
In addition to her fine art career, Amy has authored and illustrated seven how-to-paint books and is a contributing art history author on The Daily Book of Art for Walter Foster Publishing. In 2003, her work caught the eye of Judy Chicago and she was included in the Envisioning The Future project in Pomona, California, as a mural artist.
Originally from San Diego, California, Amy was awarded a merit scholarship to attend the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia, where she studied art and art history for four years. In 1999, she graduated magna cum laude with a BFA in illustration and was awarded the Outstanding Achievement in IllustrationAward for her graduating class. She has studied figure painting in Florence, Italy, and completed her MFA in drawing and painting at California State University Long Beach in 2008.
Currently, she teaches observational drawing and painting at various colleges and universities in the greater Los Angeles area and has been a guest lecturer at colleges in Los Angeles and Nevada. She now lives and makes art in her South Pasadena studio with her husband, fellow artist Nathan Rohlander.